Opener "And Together" starts with an inhuman voice saying "and together." The accent is unusual, and the syllables are delivered rather awkwardly. The human vocals don't begin until more than two minutes into the song, and they are preceded by some circular melodic figures courtesy of a synthesizer. The piece has virtually no lyrical content, but it flows very well and provides a perfect opening to the EP. Its minimalistic lyrics can be interpreted in almost any way, and therein lies its charm.
Innerpartysystem's strength lies in their delivery. The music is poppy, catchy, accessible, fun, rhythmically and melodically easy. If you don't listen to the lyrics, it sounds like generic dance pop music; however, the brilliance lies just beneath the glossy surface, in the lyrics. Songs address topics such as social alienation, materialism, apathy, and romance. It sounds like Daft Punk at times, Anberlin at other times (at least in the vocal delivery, which certainly are reminiscent of Stephen Christian's).
This is social criticism at its finest - sabotage from the inside. Some lyrics from Money Makes the World Go Round sum up how ironic the band can be: "Crack the bottle, so electric, pour it on me, so productive." American Trash is pure irony, providing an ideal dance tune disguising biting social commentary. Innerpartysystem succeeds where bands like Rage Against the Machine and downset. failed - they've managed to coat their bombshell in a layer of delicious ear-candy. Highly recommended.