Album review: Matthew E White, Big Inner (Hometapes)

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Released to acclaim in the States last summer, White's solo debut is a slinky stew of singer-songwriterly grace set against stabs of Southern soul – Bon Iver backed by the Stax house band.

Strings and horns dance around in the subtle, sometimes funky background, while White's songs burst with Cosmic American ambition, referencing everything from Otis Redding to Gene Clark's No Other. Yep. That good. A genuine classic, in fact.