Unboxing Music: Marco Cappelli's Italian Surf Academy – The American Dream (2012)

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Alright! A new set of Morricone covers? Let’s check it out.

Marco Cappelli’s Italian Surf Academy

  • Marco Cappelli – electric guitar
  • Luca Lo Biano – electric bass
  • Francesco Cusa – drums
  • Gaia Matteuzzi – guest vocals


Release Date: July 31, 2012


I had to cheat a little, as the name Marco Cappelli was on the tip of my tongue. A quick search of the SomethingElse back room found Cappelli on the recently-released collaboration Watch the Walls Instead, along with Giacomo Merega and Noah Kaplan.

So what might a free-player like Cappelli bring to a session of Ennio Morricone/Spaghetti Western covers?

The American Dream

As it turns out, quite a bit. The tunes are good & trippy and soaked in just the right amount of reverb. But the secret weapon of the program is guest vocalist Gaia Matteuzzi, who brings to “Sesso Matto” a barely contained mashup of Diamanda Gallas, Brigitte Bardot, and “Love To Love You Baby”-era Donna Summer. Terrific stuff.

The album ends with “Secret Agent Man” being given the full Italian Surf Academy treatment. It’s an American classic but Cappelli and company show off its Morricone spirit.

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Mark Saleski

Mark Saleski

Mark Saleski is a writer and music obsessive based out of the woods of central New Hampshire. A past contributor to Jazz.com, Blogcritics.org and Salon, he originated several of our weekly features including the Friday Morning Listen, (Cross the) Heartland, WTF! Wednesday, and Sparks Fly on E Street. Follow him on Twitter: @msaleski. Contact Something Else! at reviews@somethingelsereviews.com.
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