Written by Charles Cure
Bremen, Germany’s Acme was one of those magical, mysterious bands that is there for a moment and then gone before you can ever really get a chance to know them. Their lone full length record – …To Reduce the Choir to One Soloist, is a collection of songs originally put out on 7 inches and a couple of tracks recorded from a live show. The album was released in the US in 1996 on the now defunct (but totally great) Edison Recordings. The release came after Acme was already gone, and by that time most of the recordings on it were already several years old. The members of the band had split up into various other projects; most notably Systral and Morser, but in my mind never quite recaptured the intensity of this project.