A city slips into a sequestered slumber unlike anything in its near 400-year history. Love sours and spirals into the unthinkable. A stray dog escapes certain death on a faraway island only to realize her destiny as a superhero. A dusted-off Neil Diamond tune feels alive and queerer than ever. Jim Andralis peels back these layers of life for all to hear, see, and experience within his independent second full-length solo album, I Can’t Stop Trying. After packing gigs and earning acclaim and looks from American Songwriter, Atwood Magazine, Brooklyn Vegan, Maximum Ink, and more, he presents an unforgettable and undeniable vision across eleven tracks.
Throughout 2020 and 2021, Jim carefully assembled I Can’t Stop Trying with producer Tom Beaujour [Nada Surf] at Nuthouse Studios. Together, they deepened the sound with a wall of guitars offset by vitally vulnerable storytelling.
Originally born and raised in Pennsylvania, Jim has proudly entrenched himself within the New York music community. He went from a stint in queer NYC punk band The Isotoners to featured performer in Joe’s Pub monthly variety show, Our Hit Parade. His 2016 solo debut, Your Dying Wish Come True, garnered critical acclaim with The Miami Herald christening it, “One of the best solo debut discs of the year.” Joined by The Syntonics, he took flight with Shut Up Shut Up  and My Beautiful Enemy . Among various collaborations, he teamed up with Bridget Everett [Somebody Somewhere, Love You More, Patti Cake$] on “Hit The Ground Fuckin’” and lent his voice to Champagne Jerry’s The Champagne Room alongside the likes of Adam “Ad Rock” Horovitz [The Beastie Boys], Erin Markey, and Murray Hill. In addition, he notably works as a trauma-focused psychotherapist in private practice. In the end, Jim connects through such honesty about every facet of his life. “For me, my songs come from a desire to understand unknown aspects of myself,” he leaves off. “It’s also sending out tiny little radio signals asking, ‘Does anybody else feel this way?’”