In a world of increasingly homogenized pop productions and tastes, it can be all too easy to become overly comfortable, or even complacent, with the music one listens to. This only makes lo-fi music all the more important, as it serves to jar listeners from the comfort of over-manufactured, albeit accessible, mainstream musics, whether it be pop, rock, metal, or otherwise.
With The Incorporeal Boy, Second Hand Flower Shop reminds the casual listener of this maxim all the more with an unbeatable blend of twee pop and warm, lo-fi indie folk, tugging at even the most taught heart strings with hauntingly personal lyrics and beautifully somber harmonies. The sounds and atmospheres that one encounters on this album are at once immediate and intimate, aided by the production value as well as effectively downcast songwriting. For a listening experience that is both immersive and emotional, one could do a whole lot worse than this hidden gem, which, from me at least, comes highly recommended.