Try Me Bicycle: 'Big Small'

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Try Me Bicycle makes gorgeous, reflective music, with simple piano and guitar lines that drift blissfully on Summery breezes. The lush, three-part harmonies on their debut CD, Voicings, are the real standout, made even more memorable by carefully crafted, delicate melodies. It's a sweet, inspired mix of songs perfect for daydreaming on a lazy afternoon.

Much of Voices was built around one of the first songs written for the album, "Big Small." "'Big Small' was really the building block and approach for the entire album," says Try Me Bicycle frontman Andy Naylor. "We wanted it to be simple. Originally, it was just one vocal and an acoustic guitar. We were striving to keep 'Big Small' stripped down, but when we recorded them with the vocal harmony and piano, it felt like it gave the song a more concrete picture without sacrificing any of the original hopes."

Naylor and the rest of the group wanted to keep all the compositions loose and free of any "distracting frills."

"Big Small" grew out of a journal entry Naylor wrote about the importance of being humble. "The world wasn't created by me nor does it revolve around me," he says. "I have no foresight into my future other than its scary not knowing what it is and where it will lead. But if I reflect on history, it's pretty easy to become narcissistic and forget the fellow next to me. I'd much rather stay in a smalltime mindset. Ultimately I wrote 'Big Small' for 'future me,' as a reminder of my own

fallibility, and to pursue love and graciousness over ego. Smaller is bigger."

Naylor formed Try Me Bicycle in 2005 in Phoenix, Ariz. with Jay Novak on bass and Jacob Koller on piano. The trio gets additional support from percussionist Nathan Geer, Laraine Kaizer on violin, Will Hendricks on guitars, and Gerald Dowd on drums.

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