During their debut Tiny Desk performance, Tarriona Tank Ball sounded while listening to live music from bandmatesAlbert Allenback (alto saxophone, flute), Joshua Johnson (drums) and Norman Spence (keys). Like the break in a heatwave or the crisp air of New York City''s summer night, the vibrancy that she experienced was quite stunning.
The whole thing at one time, without being a huge cacophony. After the release of their 2019 LP, Green Balloon, and their 2020 EP, Friend Goals, the New Orleans-bred quartet has evolved into a more unified quartet, thanks to the time spent together throughout the pandemic. As seen in Stolen Fruit, the aggressiveness of Whos In Charge sounds like something you would hear during a scene in P-Valley.
On the flip side, the group offers more dancing singles with deep meanings, such as the confrontational Mr. Bluebell, the bold and direct No ID, and Why Try. The album is dubbed "the "nearly" as opposed to it being dictated by its sonics. On Oak Tree, Tank eases in, singing, You my oak tree, you your misbelieve/ You the front porch, you like a green lawn/ You a sweet hello from my first love, before flipping the switch
More touching melodies, including Easy Goes It and Cafe Du Monde, take softer approaches while also highlighting the New Orleans foundation. Lalah Hathaway explores the former''s awkwardness as she discovers that what she has to offer isn''t enough for her partner. Have we all made a mess of [ourselves] trying to love [another]? Tanks, the opposite track, finds Jellyfish, is hypnotizing vocals while avoiding unusual lovers.
Communion in My Cup featuring The Ton3s is less sanctified than implied, but more complex as it showcases the beasts of society, including politics and internal battles. Big is completely too short, but the carefree bop is easily the one that has the most replay value to me because that high is something we all must ride as often as possible.
Soul is more than a one-track monolith, as seen with Tank and the Bangas Red Balloon. This LP offers a range of influences, including a jazzy, funk-influenced, soothing feel. One must reflect and relax in the varying moves previously revealed.