GINGER KID: By My Side: CD

Handing off between male and female vocals, this debut from a NYC trio combines elements of lo-fi, alt rock, and backwoods folk. From the same cloth of Band Of Horses and Iron & Wine, “Dizzy” has the strongest hook and use of Young’s nasal female vocals accented with gentle lap steel notes, while “Upside Down” has a soft, lilting polka structure. Some of the other melody arrangements never seemed to take flight, but this debut shows potential. For those who lean toward understated folk and blues, Ginger Kid is well worth the listen.

 –Kristen K (Self-released, myspace.com/gingerkidnyc, [email protected])