The dramatic ending of the fourth season of Arrested Development left viewers wanting more. More of the comedic and complicated relationships of fathers and sons. More of the selfish shenanigans of the characters and the ruinous aftermath. More of the Bluth family and–unexpectedly–more of the infectious, punchy song that punctuated the season’s ending: “Boomerang” by Lucy Schwartz, a singer-songwriter from Los Angeles, CA.
As the season’s final episode, “Blockheads,” cut to its end credits, the sound of pounding drums burst out giving way to Schwartz’s sultry-pop vocals singing, “Waiting, waiting, / Heartbroken and frustrated / Hard to get around without your love.”
Schwartz’s voice easily switches from sugary, high registers to low, whispery tones throughout the three-and-a-half-minute song (which is available as a free download on her website).
In between bursting drum sets and the titular chorus, “Boom boom boomerang,” are light-hearted, jivey piano-sets and tap-dance rhythms (done by Schwartz herself) that grow to a frenetic pace as the song progresses. The combination of pulsating drums with light-hearted piano-playing and constant sounds of tap-dancing create an addictive effect similar to the dizzy joy felt on a fun-filled day at an amusement park. “Boomerang” is like a playful and feisty ride through a tangled, whirling rollercoaster.
Despite the song’s sassy and upbeat nature, most of Schwartz’s other work is of a slower, introspective quality. On “Time Will Tell,” another song on her Boomerang EP about a boy imagining his future life of travels and love, Schwartz summons up Fiona Apple-like vocals. She croons, “Young boy likes to wonder what he’ll be / Astronaut or captain of the sea / Oh, oh,” with her voice trailing off as the track begins on the comfy strummings of a banjo. In contrasts to “Boomerang,” the banjo-laden song has sparse drum sets and its carefree tone slowly climaxes into a haunting, druid-like hymn.
Her thoughtful tone has always been present in her previous work. In “Feeling of Being,” a melancholy song from her 2011 EP Keep Me, Schwartz sings the chorus, “Feeling of being / How still the night / Feeling of being / One little light,” in a sad, breathy tone that suspends the listener in an in-between state of pensiveness. Complementing her haunting vocals is a soft piano melody. The result is a searing song that lingers on long after its end.
Lucy Schwartz has released two previous albums (Winter in June in 2007 and Life in Letters in 2010), three EPs, and has contributed songs to various films and TV shows (including vocals to the “Getaway” song and “The Fantastic Four” musical in Arrested Development). Schwartz’s latest album Timekeeper comes out on August 6th.