Precious Little Things

Plenty of songwriters spin melodies as effortlessly as Sarah Blacker does, and some even have similar ways with words, though it’s rare to hear phrases like “dirty dancing with the revelry of the heart” delivered with such a lack of pretension. What sets Blacker apart—and what explains her recent win for Female Performer of the Year at the New England Music Awards—is her willingness to get a little weird. Sure, her vibe is more KT Tunstall than it is Regina Spektor, but with the help of producer Sean McLaughlin (Marilyn Manson, Elliott Smith), she dips into twee ukulele reggae and folkie hip-hop, peeping the world from strange perches without going over anyone’s head.


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