Daglio’s all-new single “La Puerta Oculta”

While it’s hardly the most potent element in the master mix, there’s plenty of charm to behold in the percussive component holding up the backend in Daglio’s all-new single “La Puerta Oculta.” Daglio himself leads the charge with a sizzling lead guitar reminiscent of vintage rock tonal masculinity but wholly missing the plasticized edge too many of his contemporaries have started employing in recent times, and with this supreme beat to act as a foundation he doesn’t hold back from unleashing one hurricane of a harmony after another. This El Salvadorian axe wiz came to shut down the competition in this piece, and to me, he hit the mark and then some. 

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There’s definitely an unfiltered rock quality to this hook that goes above and beyond what the status quo would typically call for in 2021, but at the same time I can understand why Daglio would want a bit of exaggerated panache on the lead here. From where I sit, there really hasn’t been any act willing to get a little indulgent with their strings in a long time, and just by giving us some added kick in the solo we hear in “La Puerta Oculta,” this guy sets himself far apart from any of his rivals in and outside of the western hemisphere. 

The post-chorus fretwork is reminiscent of a grungy minimalism modern rock n’ roll has been missing, and while some might be quick to describe it as being a bit of a throwback, I don’t know that it’s a straight-up retro feature in this track. The way Daglio works every intricacy into the mix, there’s scarcely a moment in which any of the attributes to the music or his lyrics sound forced or layered just for the sake of sounding brash. He doesn’t have time for such amateurishness, and anyone who has heard his prior work is more than aware of that. 

Daglio gives up another multidimensional gem that doesn’t require a vast knowledge of the Spanish language to appreciate, and whether you’re just now getting turned on to his sound for the first time or not, I think it’s going to register particularly well with rockers who are hungry for something straightforward this spring. “La Puerta Oculta” is unfussy and to-the-point rock music that doesn’t demand anything but a little attention to please anyone within earshot,  and I have a feeling it’s going to raise an eyebrow or two among American critics and audiophiles who haven’t had anything nearly as potent as this in a long while. 

Zachary Rush