by / January 26th, 2010 /

The Ambience Affair – Whelan’s, Dublin

The Ambience Affair are a duo comprised of guitarist/vocalist Jamie Clarke and drummer Marc Gallagher, they have recently embarked on a short jaunt around Ireland to launch their new EP, Patterns. The band showed first showed their quality on debut EP Fragile Things, which was a promising taster of what they could produce. Patterns, their second release is a step up by the duo in both musicianship and production. Coinciding with the launch of the EP, Saturday night saw the duo play a gig in Whelan’s.

Making up for a lack of band mates, Jamie Clarke shows admirable musicianship and is frantically busy onstage building walls of sound with his acoustic guitar and vocals replayed on loop while Gallagher’s gentle drumming provides a sturdy yet rhythmic backbone. The songs are a mix of snapp,y twitchy numbers and more mellow soothing tunes. They are probably the most aptly named band in Ireland as the songs mostly create a peaceful and relaxed atmosphere with some of the tunes taking darker directions.

The songs multiple layers forge out a unique sound and it is commendable that the duo have cultivated a sound that is very much their own. On Saturday night they received a warm reception from the crowd who were treated to a mixture of songs from both EPs as well as two covers from Final Fantasy and Grizzly Bear, the latter standing out as a certain influence to the band. The set ended on a high with stand out track of the night ‘Fragile Things’, all in all a triumphant night for the Ambient Affair.

Photo above by Ian Gallagher.