Reviewer Super Rock School
It's an image we've seen many times. A lone guy, guitar slung across his back, staring out at the wonders of the universe.
For an acoustic artist who goes by the name of Ac(e) G it's not a cliched image. It's a reality. That's how he gets his inspiration for songwriting.
Ac(e)'s goal is to capture the impact of an entire band on a single instrument, his acoustic guitar. It's a lofty goal that Ac(e) has definitely achieved.
Comparing his full band tracks to his acoustic work shows how developed Ac(e)'s guitar technique is.
The full band track of Black Magic is a slow, grinding song that borders the line between metal and grunge. It is saturated in low end heaviness.
Yet, his acoustic work, although loosing none of the moodiness, sparkles with precision and texture.
He plays with a well developed finger-style approach, embellished by advanced techniques such as tapping and percussive hits.
Ac(e) maintains an even tempo whilst filling his playing with clever articulations and expressive moments, delivering more than the average strumming approach to acoustic guitar,
instead capturing attention with fully developed acoustic soundscapes.
You can hear his acoustic work on his tracks 'Ed Wood' and 'Tuesday' that seem more West-Coast acoustic blues than we would expect from a musician who hales from Austria,
and not far from the birthplace of Mr Schwarzenegger himself.
Ac(e) G sings with a genuine rock voice. It's strong, with as much grit as needed to suit his style, and every word delivered with sharp clarity.
His elusive lyrics conjure abstract image after image. They are tightly woven together by Ac(e) G as he takes us by the hand and pulls us along a twisting path of aural art.
There's never enough time to process any moment before we are given the next, leaving the listener with a dazed sensation of, 'what just happened? Let's go back and listen again.'
Whether intentional or not it's a clever component of Ac(e) G's songwriting skills.