5 Songs, 26 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Following the trajectory set on 2015’s Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance, the first in Belle and Sebastian’s three-part EP series finds the indie pop institution continuing to flirt with the dance floor—from the breezy ’70s soul-disco of “Sweet Dew Lee” to the breakbeats of “We Were Beautiful,” which explores the anxiety of aging with the kind-but-unsparing eye the band is known for. Best of all is “The Girl Doesn’t Get It,” a chipper piece of synth-pop that turns a loner’s lament (a classic B&S trope) into a rallying cry for the disenfranchised. “Are you living or waiting,” singer Stuart Murdoch wonders, “For the time to get better?”

EDITORS’ NOTES

Following the trajectory set on 2015’s Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance, the first in Belle and Sebastian’s three-part EP series finds the indie pop institution continuing to flirt with the dance floor—from the breezy ’70s soul-disco of “Sweet Dew Lee” to the breakbeats of “We Were Beautiful,” which explores the anxiety of aging with the kind-but-unsparing eye the band is known for. Best of all is “The Girl Doesn’t Get It,” a chipper piece of synth-pop that turns a loner’s lament (a classic B&S trope) into a rallying cry for the disenfranchised. “Are you living or waiting,” singer Stuart Murdoch wonders, “For the time to get better?”

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