Ian McDaniel – “Baby Don’t Go Too Far”


Strutting a seductive blend of synth-pop and soulful funk, “Baby Don’t Go Too Far” is a compelling single out today from Ian McDaniel, an artist based in Montclair, California. This atmospheric love ballad excels in mood and production, recorded alongside friend and collaborator Michael Mattice, who plays guitars and auxiliary synths on the effort.

“This single is really about love,” McDaniel explains. “Love for another, love for yourself, love for God and especially God’s love for us. It’s a reminder not to ‘go too far’ from that love. It’s a reminder to never forget what’s really important and your value. No matter what we are important to somebody. Everybody is somebody’s ‘one.'”

Nocturnal synth pulses and sporadic funk-laden bass slaps guide into a caressing vocal that pleads “baby, don’t go too far away from me.” A spacey synth addition enamors past the first minute, with a soaring guitar solo enveloping a minute thereafter. McDaniel’s smooth-as-butter vocals intertwine with replay-inducing allure amidst the array of tender guitar infusions and nostalgic synth-driven soundscape. R&B, electro-pop, rock, and funk converge with cohesive captivation throughout this stellar output from McDaniel.

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

We discovered this release via MusoSoup, as part of the artist’s promotional campaign.

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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