When a singer whispers evocative nouns over gently picked slide guitar, we are conditioned to presume a certain poetic depth. Truth is, Sam Beam (Iron & Wine is just him) doesn't appear to have much on his mind beyond aggressive minimalism. But this five-song EP is full of gorgeous, intimate melodies, including ''Jesus the Mexican Boy,'' about a kid with a ''holy even temper'' who doesn't mind if you marry his sister in Vegas. Don't look for meaning. Just enjoy the tale.