Hailing from the land of liberty that is Philadelphia, PA - Research & Development present their 2nd release on their homegrown Wax Poetic label. The I Love My Country EP is an exercise in pushing sonic territories, while maintaining a loose and fun vibe. These guys move with reckless abandon, hoping to forge ground that no one else has before, and make some great music along the way.
Try to keep a smile off your face as the opening rave chords lead the single I Love My Country. The only full vocal song seen here, the hooky title track has a unique almost indie rock influence that melds with the otherwise electronic track. The sax solo by Rob Harry Potter is the first glimpse of jazz undertones that creep in and out of the entire EP. Uptempo drum programming, washes of guitar and echoing vocal samples all swarm around your ears on Immorality and Immorality, creating a perfect segue from the title track to rest of the EP. Etched in Stone" takes ominous drum n bass influences juxtaposed against an odd time signature for a jazzy end result that has this low key catchiness, still nagging into your head hours later. The closing track of the EP shines with laid back cinematic appeal, telling its story and gaining more drama as the arrangement progresses. Buugeng Suite in Bb minor is a darkly whimsical end to the release, which leaves the listener hungry for whats next. And the word on the street is that I Love My Country is the preamble to an upcoming full length that is sure continue in the exploratory vein heard here.