LABEL: Independent

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. 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.


Brightest Young Things - “Agouti ‘Dragons’ Song Premiere”

Fresh on the Net - Fresh Faves 310

High Clouds - “Agouti’s self-released new single ‘Dragons’ is out today.”

American Pancake - ”Agouti stir up proggy psyche rock on ‘Dragons’”

comeherefloyd - “Slide // Agouti // Light Wheel // Lucille Furs // Paul Jacks”

Skope Mag - “Agouti - ‘Dragons’ single”

Week in Pop - “Cities, scenes, skies & dreams”

The Bay Bridged - "Capybara release first single, Summertime"

The Deli - From the digital submissions: Agouti psych-pop single, "Chameleon"

KQED/The Bay Bridged - Mixtape: San Francisco’s Modern Psychedelic Sounds