Ty Segall & Mikal Cronin
Reverse Shark Attack [reissue] - IN THE RED
FILTER Grade: 83%
By Zack Kraimer on March 8, 2013
Some records can’t be fully appreciated until some time has passed. See: Reverse Shark Attack, the 2009 collaboration between outlandishly productive lo-fi maestro Ty Segall and his longtime friend and writing partner Mikal Cronin. Its re-release affirms how far each songwriter has come while still remaining connected to their roots. Reverse feels like an eight-song studio experiment, an exercise in psychedelic mayhem and surf-punk fury. Vocal effects are applied generously, and the earthshaking fuzz stops just shy of atomic force. From the brain-rattling “I Wear Black” and “Doctor Doctor” to the poppier “High School” and the unlikely Barrett-era Floyd cover “Take Up Thy Stethoscope and Walk,” the record is melodic, sizzling bottled lightning. The whole thing revolves around the eponymous garage-surf-folk odyssey at the end. In what feels like four tracks combined, the two tear through warbled psych-rock, solemn acoustic melodies and an abrasive tribute to “Misirlou” in 10 minutes. Segall and Cronin have each gone down respectably different and more refined paths, but Reverse puts their current material in context.