One sign of a really well-crafted pop song is that you can change everything about it but its melody and it remains a really good pop song. The original version of Grimes' "Oblivion"
is airy, cool-toned synth-pop played just a couple BPM short of what it feels like it should be, which imparts a tentative, very human quality to it. The version recently recorded by Allison and Katie Crutchfield (twin sisters who play in the groups Swearin'
, respectively), on the other hand, is noisy, lo-fi, and leans into the beat, and it still sounds incredible.
The Crutchfields' cover is this month's theme song at Rookie magazine, where Reader alum Jessica Hopper's recently taken over music editorial duties. You can stream it after the jump.