Bound Stems, “The Family Afloat” (Flameshovel)
The indie-rock band’s second full-length record, released this past summer, surpasses its staggering, at times breathtakingly complicated debut, “Appreciation Night,” with its endearing introspection, heart-stopping melodies and harmonies, peaks and valleys of emotional expulsion and moments of unexpected exquisite tenderness. Kanye graduated, Lupe got cool and Wilco looked to the sky, but Bound Stems showed us we’re all one big family after all.
Kanye West, “Graduation”
Best of Chicago 2008