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Tank and the Bangas say their third studio album is “coming straight for your heart and your neck.” Like the New Orleans-based group themselves, Red Balloon brazenly blossoms into a rambunctious, free-flowing celebration that dives soul first into a heady nu-funk groove.

_wuDaz_w_3e595.jpgConceptually tied to Green Balloon, their latest release was intended to be a companion piece to its pensive 2019 predecessor. Post touring hiatus, a joyously colorful jam fest ensued instead, and each track came together in real time. At one with otherness and living-in-the-moment-centric, the quirky quintet enters its most artistically unified era with gusto. -Rachel Reed


 This review originally appeared in BUST's Spring 2022 print edition. Subscribe today!