My Top 1000 Songs #613: Silver

[I've been writing up my Top 1000 songs on a daily basis--you can see them all in descending order by hitting the All My Favorite Songs tag.]

Over the last two records, indie singer-songwriter Katie Crutchfield, through her shifting vehicle Waxahatchee, has pivoted into stripped down, Americana-tinged acoustic rock. (I'm currently enjoying this year's lovely Tigers Blood.) Prior to that, the band offered hard-edged indie rock, peaking on 2017's terrific Out In The Storm, which added some polish to Crutchfield's more home-brewed lo-fi roots.

Storm's highlight is the bracingly catchy "Silver," infectious noise pop that owes a bit of debt to shoegaze, not to mention 90s alt.rockers like Belly & the Breeders, a hum-along pop song full of woo-oo-oos beefed up with a wall of guitar fizz, giving a celebratory veneer to some pretty dark lyrics. I'm selective about including many songs from the past decade on the list, as it's hard to predict how much staying power they'll have before they've withstood the test of time, but it's one of those songs you hear once and think, yeah, I'm gonna want to hear that one a lot more!

Live in the studio with sister Allison Crutchfield: