Tank And The Bangas are bringing the heat when their new album Red Balloon arrives this May. The New Orleans-based crew has been dropping single after single from the collection as they ready the set for release and each has been better than the last. They continue that trend with the release of their latest single “Why Try.”
“Why Try” finds the TATB crew dipping their toe into the sound of late ’70s/early ’80s funk and soul. More specifically, the song sounds as if its modeled after Stevie Wonder‘s sound during that time. The groove — crafted in part by the group along with Austin Brown, Biako and Georgia Anne Muldrow — is built on bass and rhythm guitar while the drums drive things forward. But what really sells it are the jazzy flourishes and musicality that bursts from its seams.
The song, meanwhile, finds singer Tarriona “Tank” Ball wondering what’s up with a lover that doesn’t seem to be giving her the same energy she’s giving him. “I know you see me callin’ / Why you stallin’? / Wonder did you even read my text today,” she sings on the bridge. “St. Tropez-like dreams, so why you playin’? / Got inner city blues like Marvin Gaye.”
Though the song deals with romantic frustration, the vibes are a good time. The song’s video takes that further. Opening with an intro from Academy Award winner Questlove, the clip takes us to a recording session for the song that quickly turns into a full-on party. Tank’s suitor eventually shows up among the crowd of friends. The two finally connect after furtive glances, eventually ending the clip dancing while staring into each other’s eyes.
With this, “No ID,” “Stolen Fruit” and the other singles we’ve heard thus far, Red Balloon is shaping up to have album of the year potential. We’ll discover just how true that is when it arrives on May 13th.