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.
Agouti will release their debut album, Nodes, this year, supported by a Southwest tour.