Free And Easy SPUNK! 7/10 Intense debut from Auckland guitarist and gang There’s both a dark irony and sense of gratitude in the title of Dowling’s debut, which deals with his own mental health and issues around mortality, while acknowledging the therapeutic power of music and company. Drawing on post-rock, art skronk and the anguished balladry of Jeff Buckley, its chief strength is its unpredictability. Dowling’s lyrics, though, are reliably raw: “When I choke on my vomit in my sleep and pass away,” he muses casually, on “Ease Of My Passing”, while on “Fair Weather Friend’, which suggests Thom Yorke fronting The Drones, “This is the end, the time has come” is similarly undramatic. Existential tension, then, but no attentionseeking.