Tuesday’s Tunes: ‘Ants’ From Tank and the Bangas Is Pure Magic

Speak to the butterflies in your belly with this tender tune from New Orleans crew Tank and the Bangas.
Photo by Ingrid Williams

New Orleans-born and based group, Tank and the Bangas, is back with “Ants”, an ear-catching tune to bring you life this week. Lead singer and poetic lyricist Tarriona “Tank” Ball comes through strong with a multidimensional look at contemporary urbanism amidst a mixture of playful to strong ethereal melodies and sounds. Simply put, the best part of this song is everything. Starting from a gentle place of soulful solidarity, the track turns from a lullaby into a cautionary tale halfway through, bringing insights about the world on the backs of teeny tiny ants.

Overall, this first release of 2019 seems to hit the mark on a comparably more mainstream level in the neosoul scene than their earlier work, departing from an outspoken level of quirk to a more introverted place of eccentricity. In any case, this delicious dose of Tank and the Bangas magic is hopefully a great indicator of what’s to come later this year.

While you’re waiting, revisit this NPR Tiny Desk concert from two years ago this month. Their signature blend of whimsical imagery, abstract lyricism and nonlinear storytelling comes through boldly and beautifully with their unique dynamic. If you missed them on their international tour last year, be sure to check them this time around on their US rounds this Spring.