Peter Kirk is the boy next door. He grew up learning classical piano just outside of NYC in Long Island/Oyster Bay, creating a sound that is soft but enthusiastic, electronic and acoustic. It is laden with hook-friendly synths, unexpected bloops, and nuances of The Beatles, Billy Joel, and many ’80s artists—including The Police and Hugh Padgham records, but also bringing to mind Owl City with innocent poetry and an earnest voice. It’s a sunny vibe on our cloudy days.
Finding the path to producing music as Panama Wedding came easily. Simple bedroom recordings led to playing shows at venues like Bowery Ballroom and Mercury Lounge, before touring with Dan Croll and showing up on Jimmy Kimmel Live. The hopeful and catchy “All Of The People” became a popular single and remix darling. The EP Parallel Play is poised to be a promising indie-pop full length, and is in reference to people playing next to each other, in synergy, yet apart from one another—touching on the rhythms of moving past each other in the city, at work, and in relationships.
Panama Wedding has now become a five piece sect, with Kirk himself tapping rhythms on a drum, and members Lauren Zettler, Jared McCarthy, Brett Spigelman, and Kenny Bernard toying keys, heavy bass, and a full drum kit, creating a mellow flow agreeable to the aspects of daily life and exploration. »
– Brandy Crowe