If you remember the dark and sensuous pop of Cousteau, then you’ll be rejoicing at the news that the pair have reconvened as CousteauX and have streamed a new track The Innermost Light ahead of a new album, to be released in 2017.

In 2001, the world was at Cousteau’s feet. Signed to Island Records founder Chris Blackwell’s Palm Pictures imprint, and released three albums worth of beautiful, bittersweet songs, with the floating emotive vocal of Irishman Liam McKahey alongside the smart and evocative songs of Davey Ray Moor. Although it never quite happened for them in the way they deserved (although 300,000 sales is nothing to be sniffed at) their return will no doubt cause excitement amongst those who fondly fell in love with those songs.

The Innermost Light sees the band enlist the help of Carl Barat, who guests on the track and who co-wrote it well. There’s echo’s of Nick Cave, Richard Hawley and Scott Walker, as its beautifully and richly orchestrated, and McKahey’s gruff baritone gives you goosebumps. Throw in this rather lovely stately melody and a blistering guitar, and you wonder how you went without Cousteau for so long.

Newcomers, welcome. Really.

Just to add to the excitement, the band have announced a live date, at London’s Rah Rah Room on February 21st next year. Grab your tickets from http://www.agmp.co.uk/

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