“Axel Schultheiss is an example of a guitarist who is not only technically capable and eager to expand the boundaries of his instrument, but also has an intuitive sense of melody and knows how to connect head and heart.”
“…fascinating soundscapes…artistic and fragile textures, which are carefully and artfully extended with clouds of sound.
His dramaturgically and carefully constructed songs are very evocative and go far beyond the nature metaphor, which the cover and the song-title evokes. There are sounds reminding of pedal-steel-guitar sounds sighing in the background and which change the essentially peaceful moods of the music into a disturbing presentiment of some vague irritation.
Schultheiss’ virtuosity is never an end to itself but a precondition for his music which sometimes has trancelike qualities.”
“...hypnotic soundscapes...an organic flow... The title track finds the music soaring in aural heights with an almost trance-like rhythm. Find yourself curled up on the couch on a gray afternoon? "On Wings" may be just the companion for that place.”
“...it is all about music as an immeasurable, fascinating, delicate and multifaced form...it is about advancing on trails on which others have already given up...the most wonderful radicalization of an acoustic guitarist one can think of...Axel Schultheiss is a wizard who balances on a high wire with incredible competence...it’s a special joy, a really special experience.”
“...a marvellous soundmix, beautiful relaxation and an astonishing manual skill even in moments of highest speed. It could be worth while giving this album some time to unfold in order to get lost in a magical world of sound made of mild Jazz, Ethnotouch and a lot of contemporary Folk
“Schultheiss layers acoustic guitars to create a shimmering, orchestral wash of sound, and his pieces develop kaleidoscopically with shifting rhythmic pulses that are often anchored bey repetitive but interesting ostinato figures. The best of Schultheiss’ tunes, like “Spiral Dance” and “Lonely Hope are highly evocative and mesmerizing in an ambient sort of way.”
Acoustic Guitar Magazine, USA