Produced by Steve Berlin of Los Lobos, with guest appearances from Hurray for the Riff Raff and members of Tennis and Ozomatli, “I Am Another You” is Making Movies’s second LP. It’s a bold mix of sounds: psychedelia, experimental rock, son cubano, cumbia and various rhythms descended from Yoruba music, an African tradition that slaves carried to the New World as part of religious rites that evolved into Santería. Clearly, Making Movies was messing with some powerful juju.
The album tells the story, in English and Spanish, of three young men suffering through separate life crises. Though one is from Venezuela, one is from Mexico and one is from the Midwest, the parallel challenges they face soon show them to be the same person. Their common experiences evoke the Mayan phrase “In Lak’Ech Ala K’In,” which translates as “I am another you, you are another me.”
His characters’ struggles and a long stretch on tour prompted Enrique to think about his own family’s history of migration, so much so that he narrates the album in the voice of his grandfather, Dante, a Panamanian adventurer and world traveler. “I felt like I was writing these songs from his perspective, as an old man looking at the world today,” Chi says. “The goal was to capture this ancestral spirit that was already inside of me and let that speak, and at times we weren’t sure what spirit we had summoned “