October 22, 2015 at 09:31 PM EDT

“It feels amazing to be putting out music again,” Panama Wedding frontman Peter Kirk says, introducing the synth-pop quartet’s newest tune. “Following a crazy run of touring and promotion on our last EP and some time off, we decided to put out some new music for the fans.” 

The latest taste of new music, “Infinite High,” which EW has an exclusive premiere of below, is an exercise in juxtaposition. It shimmers with ’80s-tinged sonics and a sunny, hand-clap rhythm, but there’s darkness peaking around the edges and coming through the lyrics. “[It] challenges one of the biggest ironies of American culture: the incessant and impossible pursuit of being liked and feeling happy all the time,” the singer says of the message.  

“Living an American lie / keeping busy wasting time / running on a chemical high / and it never felt so good,” he sings before the chorus. For Kirk, that high was never reality. “I wanted it to be real and reflect some ideas and emotions I’ve been feeling over the last year while still [maintaining] Panama Wedding’s pop roots.” 

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Panama Wedding’s sophomore EP, Into Focus, drops November 6 via Glassnote Records. The band has previously shared “A Brand New Life.” 

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