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It’s not often that I like every song on an album, and it’s even a rarer occurrence for me to like the songs after only one listen.

On Aug 21st, Timekeeper, Lucy Schwartz’s latest album, was released into the universe (you can buy it on Aug. 27th) during her spectacular CD release party that truly took everyone back in time. I arrived at No Vacancy in Hollywood expecting a door facing the street, but was instead led to a backdoor entrance with a long line. “Hotel Juniper-No Vacancy.” We were handed masks, told to step inside, 5 at a time, and immediately…time warp–reminiscent of the 20s or some Disneyland theme park ride where the floor drops out from beneath you. From the little hallway I was expecting it to lead into a bigger room, but instead the door opened up to a bedroom of a “prostitute.” The scantily clad lady was talking, but all I could do was look at the surroundings. My group was nervously laughing. All of the sudden, the bed was cut in half, slid open and stairs appeared. Who knew prohibition could be this fun?!

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The venue was outside for Lucy. Great atmosphere with lights strung and her trailer for timekeeper was playing above us on brick walls. Greatest trailer for an album ever! And must be seen here Her band was set up on a southern looking porch and smack dab in the middle was the time machine (seen in the linked video). There was a huge crowd. I heard that some people couldn’t get in because they hit max capacity.  I was in the front row…being the reporter that I am. 🙂

With my drink, the Royal Swizzle, in hand, the music began. I must say that this album is a lot different from the last, “Keep Me”. It’s more versatile. It shows all different styles of her voice, her music and yes…time. At moments, I felt like I was in an underground basement in Brooklyn listening to indie rock, other times I felt like I was in a field of flowers with a bunch of other love children singing along. There were even times where it became “croony”…you know like country, but the good, old kind of country. Timekeeper really embodies many eras, and Lucy’s virtuosity in both song writing and musicianship make each song shine a special light.

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I already have a signed copy. Pre-order Timekeeper through iTunes. More info on her site http://www.lucyschwartzmusic.com/

….so I have this secret…shhh….and if it got out, people might think I was crazy.

I wasn’t that excited for the new Arrested Development season to come out on Netflix. [insert gasp here] I guess I was a late bloomer as far as tv shows go and never got into it. But whatever, the hype was all over social media, and I went along with the excitement as people told me eagerly about the Arrested Development banana party they were going to or how they planned on watching all of the shows that evening while sipping on juice.

My excitement was for a little something different. I’ve written about Lucy Schwartz before on this blog (feel free to search her name on here). She is one of my more popular Aural Fixations. Her albums remain on my 16gb iPhone while others get rotated off or deleted to make more room for my other app necessities. I don’t tire of her music. To me, everyone else’s excitement of Arrested Development paralleled mine for new songs by Lucy and this is what I did instead of going to a tv show party–I listened on repeat to the two new songs that were featured on Arrested Development (her pop wrote the music for the tv show and was of course a big part of her song). ‘Boomerang,’ one of my favorite songs she has done, was featured in the finale. Listen below and try to not listen to it more than once (or attempt to tap dance for that matter). Just try. And make sure to check out her new album that comes out on August 6th, Timekeeper.

There’s a free download link to the song below the youtube video

Lucy Schwartz. One of my favorite female singers. She’s a brilliant lyricist with beautiful and often haunting melodies that seep into your pores and get released as a poignant half smile–a bit as reminiscence and the rest–a generous dash of hope. With proper, yet funny, British-esque banter between songs that make you want to be her BFF.

I know most of the lyrics from her last EP, “Keep Me,” but tonight, she kept us on the edge with a bunch of new music from her upcoming album. One of my favorite new ones is called “Ghost In My House.” Lucy is inviting you to her séance, if you will, and if some sort of paranormal activity doesn’t appear to you during this song, I’m sure you’ll be captured by the sheer ethereal beauty of it.

Lucy sings with her papa

Lucy sings with her papa

For those of you Los Angelenos who missed tonight’s free performance at the Bootleg Bar, stay tuned to Lucy‘s music schedule/ Facebook and listen to her recorded music!

See what else I have written about Lucy here

You’ve probably never seen her name (unless you stick around for the credits), but you may have already heard her voice. Lucy Schwartz has graced the soundtracks of Shrek Forever After and Twilight’s Breaking Dawn: Part 1 as well as songs for Gray’s Anatomy. With a warm voice that is filled with light and angelic qualities, Lucy Schwartz embodies her hometown of Los Angeles, California. It seems that this 22 year old singer/songwriter will keep her big dreams afloat amidst her supportive,musical family– 2 albums down and 1 EP with another that was released on the magical 11/1/11. And I hear there is a full length album in the works.
There are two words to describe Keep Me, and they are “beautifully poignant.” Check out the track streams of Lucy’s EP Keep Me and download it on iTunes or at the Lucy Store.

My top 2 favorites off the EP:

Domino

You Are You Are

Lucy Schwartz

**I just listened to this EP on repeat during a serene hour and a half walk in Riverside Park. Pretty sure some people heard me singing “Domino,” but I don’t care. 🙂
Similar artists that I have heard: Feist, Regina Spektor, Catherine Feeny, Erin McCarley, Daughters