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The brilliant, funny, and sometimes utterly heartbreaking songs of Jim Andralis explore the fragile beauty of human connection and stubborn hope in the face of its loss. Andralis wrote Dying Wish during a period of several sudden and not-so-sudden personal tragedies. The album’s nine original compositions and one cover grapple with the fears and uncertainties that everybody faces—the absence of loved ones, the absurdity of daily existence, the search for meaning—and make a case for the solace to be found in songwriting.
Andralis wrote, sang, and played the accordion in the early- to mid- aughts downtown NYC band The Isotones, a gay post-punk cult sensation.
Dying Wish maintains the collaborative spirit of Andralis’ earlier work in New York, while defining him for the first time as a solo songwriter and singer. Twinkledots Music (jimandralis.bandcamp.com). —Troy Carrington