Dan Barracuda – “If You Wanna”


Psychedelic guitars, theatrical piano, and jazzy brass all lead at points within the dynamic “If You Wanna,” a satiating new track from Dan Barracuda. He describes the effort as “about the determination of the mind.”

“The “if you wanna, you’re gonna,” vocal playfulness finds enjoyable accompaniment in gentle guitar stylings and jazzy rhythms, prior to an exciting electric guitar snippet. This builds enjoyably into bouncing keys, showcasing the track’s dynamic tonal grasp — and reminding me in that sense fondly of The Auteurs. Various sophisti-pop incorporations, like the lounge-friendly piano and second-half saxophone, further bolster a melodic, sophisticated production.

This and other tracks featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of June 2023’ Spotify playlist.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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