"an eclectic blend of rumbero percussions, delicate organs and grungy fuzz rock"
- Rolling Stone
"Perhaps one of the most unique groups around today, Making Movies is sensual,
smoky, and seductive. Distorted guitars are buried under their
Latin groove, colliding beautifully and urgently"
New York, NY (April 13, 2022) - Today, Afro-Latino rock group Making Movies shares their latest single “Sala De Los Pecadores.” The track is accompanied by an immersive video, directed by William J Stribling - watch/share via YouTube. “Sala De Los Pecadores” comes from their forthcoming album XOPA due June 17 via Cosmica Artists.
“Sala De Los Pecadores” is the second single from XOPA following the classic love song, “Calor.” Via a rollercoaster cumbia-rock, “Sala De Los Pecadores” is a caricature of rock ‘n’ roll rooted in the trope of glamorized excess — something a much younger, long-gone version of Making Movies may have once believed in. “Calor” is going to be featured in the band's PBS music documentary AMERI'KANA, to be aired this spring in various markets.
When describing the inspiration behind “Sala De Los Pecadores,” vocalist and guitarist Enrique Chi shared, “not feeling at peace with yourself manifests itself in so many destructive ways. It’s a toxic sweat and if you haven’t slowed down to truly look at yourself, your nervous sweats will leave sores.”
"It's a psychedelic, Latin, freakout," says XOPA album mixer Tchad Blake.
(Photo credit: Felipe Rubilar)
Produced by Ben Yonas and mixed by Blake, XOPA features performances by Marc Ribot, Rubén Blades, David Hidalgo of Los Lobos, Jeremy Kittel, Martha Gonzales, Asdru Sierra, Dolores Huerta, and Alaina Moore of Tennis.
XOPA is an evolution of the band’s long-standing intentions. This record transcends sonic heydays, connects long-ago and geographically distant cultural histories, and, in the process, delivers a sound that is undeniably future-forward. XOPA does more than challenge stale musical mores; it eschews them all together to make room for a broader vision of what music can be.
XOPA builds on the declarations of ameri'kana, its critically acclaimed predecessor. The latter, however, more explicitly tells, while the former instructs more subtly by showing instead. You can hear in the work the ways music connects cultures and crosses borders. And this LP, unlike those before it, is sung completely in Spanish.
Cyclical as is life, so is XOPA. The album embraces the in-between lows as much as one cherishes the highs that are critical to self-acceptance, to a degree of openness that makes living worthwhile. Making Movies offers a route to this enlightened place. Start by feeling the connections — the history and the future — in the music of XOPA.