Inouk don't establish ties to anything particularly fashionable on Search for the Bees. It's not like, "Oh yeah, those guys are post-punk revisionists," or "Whatever -- conventional song structures are so 1994." Instead, Inouk's Damon McMahon bawls in a voice that splits the difference between plaintive and spastic as his band -- the usual plus keyboards -- free associates on various indie talking points. Thus, "Sailor Song" might as well suggest the Thinking Fellers Union with its spindly guitars and wry vocals, while "James Bond" probably has some Pavement in its rangy guitars, wacko storyline, and satisfying melody. See where this is going? Inouk don't seem concerned with comparisons. The mood elevator is their prime mover, and that makes this four-song EP seem much longer and more rewarding. After a five-minute exercise in brittle, treated keyboard pop, Inouk travel finally into fractured folk territory for "Cherry Orchard." "So by the cherry orchard vine/You hung yourself alive" -- foreboding gloom bleeds from Williamsburg pavement, and it's intriguing, gripping stuff.
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AllMusic Review by Johnny Loftus