I am by no means an expert on Latin music. I’ve enjoyed it from time to time, whether listening to my dad’s Los Lobos records or picking up a Gypsy Kings album because I heard their version of “Hotel California” in The Big Lebowski. Most recently I’ve been listening to Natalia Lafourcade’s record Musas after I really liked a couple songs from her last release Hasta La Raiz. So there are some things I really like, but I don’t go out of my way to find it.
Making Movies are about to head out on the road with Hurray For The Riff Raff, and The Navigator is all about the struggles of early Puerto Rican life in America, so that got me a little more interested in Latin-leaning music. Alynda Segarra features on one of the new songs by Making Movies, so I wanted to check it out and I’m really glad I did.
I Am Another You is all over the place, combining rock with folk, cumbia, folk, psychedelia and everything in between. Lead singer Enrique Chi has an enigmatic voice that can be sticky sweet or coarse as a rough sandpaper. Some of their songs feel heavily influenced by early Radiohead while others are wholly unfamiliar.
Produced by Steve Berlin of Los Lobos, I Am Another You goes to places you might not expect from a band out of Kansas City, Missouri. There’s a lot of hope and love involved, but also some bigger themes about immigration and the dangers of isolation.
You can stream the whole album here. It comes out on May 26th. Sadly, the tour with Hurray For The Riff Raff doesn’t bring them to Chicago (HFTRR are playing here June 22nd at Millennium Park). Check out Making Movies website for full tour info.