Making Movies: “Cuna de Vida”

All this week, the Song of the Day will feature artists performing at this Saturday’s Pachanga Fest

The background of the band Making Movies is a modern one, and an undeniably American kind of story. Two Panamanian brothers formed the group in Kansas City in 2009 before adding musicians from Mexico and the States, and they took their name from a Dire Straits album. They quickly developed an audience throughout the Midwest, and their list of touring partners–from Neon Indian, Tennis, and Cold War Kids to Los Lobos and Ozomatli–highlights Making Movies’ cross-cultural appeal. Los Lobos’ Steve Berlin produced the band’s 2013 album, A La Deriva, perfectly capturing Making Movies’ alternative take on Latin music. They sing in both English and Spanish while adding a psychedelic edge to son, an Afro-Cuban form of music originating in the 19th century.

This kind of cultural experimentation lies at the heart of “Cuna de Vida,” a highlight from A La Deriva. At times recalling Animal Collective or Local Natives, Making Movies manages to both honor its history and push the form forward.

Catch Making Movies on the MetroPCS Hierba stage at 2:30pm.

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