It’s Time to Get into Toricago, Gang

Update: And there’s an MV!

And more to the point, if you’re yet to get onto the Toricago bandwagon despite the pretty breathless reception that I’ve given them since their debut (in March, no less!), now might be a good time, because they might be ready to break out, and soon.

Their first album, i cAn FLY, sprang into existence on Tuesday, and it’s ready for you to download and whatnot:

Lots of idols release stuff all the time, you correctly point out, but you, Maniac, rarely make that much of a deal about it. What’s so special about this? I’ll tell you! It’s because we, as a community, are still mostly neck-deep in the acts that got us into idol in the first place (or their descendants/sisters), which largely scans to a 2014-16 time frame (thanks Babymetal!), and while we individually catch up with acts the correspond to our own biases over time, the tippy-top community favorites are largely unchanged over the last couple of years. Toricago, along with a handful of others who have debuted over the past year, has a chance to break some of that hegemony and potentially even be a standard-bearer for idols dispensing with the last generation’s New Way of Doing Things and forging on with scene-defining work of their own.

I don’t know if I’m going to find enough time to give this a proper review, so: Idol rock runs on a long spectrum, from cheap-thrills idorock all the way to Yanakoto Sotto Mute, and the artsier side bulging out of its side in the last couple of years has a huge internal spectrum of its own, and somewhere therein lies the work of Toricago, and they did their level best on this short album to both flex their impressive potential and cover a decent range of creative possibilities; yes, it’s plenty idol, but if you dig on a nice variety of rock music, you’ll find a lot to like.

How everybody’s going to line up Toricago against the rest of the (really great) Class of 2018 remains to be seen, but their legitimately rapid rise in the overall idol fandom’s consciousness I think speaks to their chances at longevity at least. Most idol groups, even the ones that are well-produced and well-supported through their larval stages, would kill to have 2,100 Twitter followers after six months, and an album, and a one-man, period, let alone in their first six months.

Said one-man

I’m certainly swayed.