There are parties we go to and parties we hear about. Presumably, we’d like the two to meet, but in the meantime we can fantasize about what could’ve been. What other way is there to feel when watching the video for Amadou & Mariam’s “Wily Kataso,” off the duo’s upcoming Folila? According to a press release it’s meant to recall “Stanley Kubrick’s 2012 rendition of the party in Midnight Cowboy featuring real today New York archetypal characters,” basically making it the place of our dreams. Joined by TV on the Radio’s Kyp Malone and Tunde Adebimpe, the Mali musicians score the scene with a laid back, laconic jam. It’s as easy of a song as you’ll hear today, I’m guessing.
Of course, it only sounds that way. Living and working with the same person presents its own challenges, one that’s worn down by familiarity and shared experience. “It isn’t always easy,” Amadou said in an excellent Guardian profile from last month, “although it is made easier by the fact that we love the same things and we have always had the courage to do something. We are here, we struggle, we succeed, we understand each other, that’s it.” Adding to that, Mariam said, “It’s also about realizing that when you are together, your mutual happiness is linked. My happiness is your happiness and vice versa.” You can judge for yourself whether or not that feeling comes through when Folila comes out on April 10.