Cousteau were one of those bands that were heavily tipped and garnered loads of critical praise but never quite reached their full potential in terms of sales. Their sound is timeless but also somewhat out of time, being closer to the heritage of classic 60s songwriters such as Burt Bacharach than the Blur /Oasis axis of britpop.
The original lp came out in 1999 and was basically a home recording made up of trakcs ther band produced to try and get a deal, not that you could tell sound was big and full, driven by rich vocals that stayed the right side of crooning. The first single made you think it must be a cover as it had the kind of melody, feel that seemed so familiar
The intial run of the lp sold out quickly and was rereleased on a bigger label with most of the songd re-recorded. The only thing they also changed the cover to a boring band shot that somehow didn't fit with what was within the case.
The second track I've posted has a beautifyul hypnotic feel
A second lp, Sirena, appeared and if anything the quality of the songwriting went up, here is the lead off single from that second lp
The main songwriter left at this point and the lead singer wrote the songs for the 3rd lp, Nova Scotia, which I havent heard (only knew of its existence in searching the band's name for this post) so I'm not sure if the pursevered with their rich sound
You can buy the first 2 lps here