GENRE: Psychedelic Rock
SOUNDS LIKE: Tame Impala, Melody's Echo Chamber, Unknown Mortal Orchestra
Agouti is a psychedelic rock band that surfaced from songwriter and producer Carmen Caruso after a trip to Costa Rica’s cloud forests. Escaping from chronic fatigue and dysfunctional routine, she ruminated on what to do next. Caruso realized many of her musical facets - early experiences in choir, infatuation with 60s and 70s rock, forays into building new instruments, and making experimental music - all oscillated around psychedelic rock.
When Caruso returned home to San Francisco, she started down a path to produce her own brand of psychedelic music. She created a recording studio in her basement, gutting the entire room and rebuilding it into a soundproof space. She fixed up a 70s bass amp, a 4-track reel-to-reel, and a vintage mixer. Finally, she began writing a new set of songs. It was during this incubation period that she found kindred spirits David Rabkin, Dakota Salazar, and Leanne Kelly. These three helped flesh out Agouti's sound as Caruso set to work recording their first two singles. The end results, "Summertime" and "Chameleon", have been featured in The Bay Bridged, Deli Magazine, and included in KQED's Mixtape of up-and-coming psychedelic bands.
The Bay Bridged - "Capybara release first single, Summertime"
KQED/The Bay Bridged - Mixtape: San Francisco’s Modern Psychedelic Sounds