When I think of a single I think of a three track release, featuring one good song, and two fillers, or worse, one good song and (involuntary shudder) two inferior versions/remixes of the same song.
When I think of an E.P., I think of a release which stands up in it's own right, with a number of quality tracks.
The Shy Retirer E.P., has six quality tracks which any Arab Strap fan will want to hear. The title track is taken from the superb Monday at the Hug and Pint album, and, as we speak, is already being taken to heart as a personal anthem for the bedsit bound across the globe.
There are two cover versions (Van Halen and AC/DC) both of which are pulled off with spectacular bravado and panache, and two new tracks, which are of such a high standard they could easily have featured on the album. The last track is a remix of The Shy Retirer by Dirty Hospital (who?), which is a bit Garage-y for my taste, but to each his own.
Arab Strap are the best band in Britain today, making music which is both honest and innovative. If you haven't heard them before, this is the perfect starting point. If you have, then you really need to have bought this by now.