Dwight Ashley ‎– Ataxia

Nepenthe Music ‎– AMC06009
CD, Album

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1 Impervious 3:32
2 When The Waters Came 5:35
3 Black Swamp, Bright Sun 5:30
4 Circus Of Sharp Toys
Effects [String & Choral Samples] – Tim Story
5 Dance Of The Wobbler 3:27
6 As We Became Complacent 10:04
7 Our Dark Shallow Spoil 6:26
8 Holiday From Complexity 2:17
9 Withdrawal Of The Many 7:09
10 Isle Of Inevitability 4:01
11 Days Into Years 2:46
12 Ataxia 4:46
13 Untitled 0:06
14 Untitled 4:01



All composition © & ℗ 2006 Nepenthe Music and Publishing
Published by Jealous Entropy Publishing (BMI)

Comes in a 6-panel Digipak.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 8 37101 22944 9
  • Matrix / Runout: MQH4056 DISC MAKERS


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March 12, 2011
Ataxia n: Inability to coordinate voluntary muscle movement; unsteady movements and staggering gait.

The liner notes of Ataxia provide the preceding definition of the album's title - and by extension, a glimpse into composer Dwight Ashley's own experience of the exotic nether-world he creates through the course of these 12 remarkable tracks.

Lack of coordination is conspicuously NOT an issue in Ataxia's carefully constructed compositions. Rather, Ashley skillfully weaves alluring post-industrial textures and atmospheres characteristic of his debut solo work, Discrete Carbon, into a gorgeous sonic dramatization of a time and place given over to uncertainty and unsteadiness on an epic scale.

Ashley further stakes his claim in neo-expressionist territory with Ataxia's prescient interpretation of the current zeitgeist. While he avows in his liner notes that a number of tracks were post-Katrina expressions of his own feelings about the devastation of his "second city" of New Orleans, the entirety of Ataxia conveys the sense of surface well-being that slowly crumbles into a cataclysmic upheaval from which there is no return.

Of his third solo release, Ashley states, "Ataxia is exactly the album I intended to make. Other albums I've done have had a way of taking on a life of their own, becoming something other than what I had originally intended - but Ataxia is as I envisioned it from the outset." If so, there is no doubt that Ashley's vision is one of horror and beauty, battling for supremacy - a battle whose victor is ours to decide.