It may seem a bit extreme, but I think I'm going to label this "the best thing so far by Belle & Sebastian." Yes, it's the same cute little introverted Scottish band we all know and love, but these three gems were a match made in wimpy indie heaven. Kicking off with the sublimely twee yet somehow melancholy title track, the band establishes the lush tone for the disk. Flutes, piano, strings, you name it. And Stuart sounds like he's been crying, or has a cold. It's quite charming, actually.
Then is "I love my car," a little ditty many a Belle & Sebastian fan (or at least me) has sung to himself as he fills his auto with gasoline or runs it through the car wash. As you might already have read, it employs a Dixieland jazz ensemble. Weird, yes. But also good. The twittering birds and roaring motors in the background make it interesting.
Finally, the switch back to classic Sinister-style songs with "Marx and Engels." I listened to this once while writing a paper on the Communist Manifesto and I got an A. I'll bet it would work for you, too. It's the most blatantly pretty of the three, carried along by a crisp little piano. The end really kicks it up a notch though. Isobel begins to hum a countermelody over Stuart with unintelligible words and then it seems to end, only to bring the listener to a dreamlike little coda with spacey tinkling of the keys and a flute. I wish it continued for ever, or maybe even just 10 minutes.
This EP is absolutely fantastic, and I recommend it 100%. If you even claim to like Belle & Sebastian, buy it now.