The Frontier is an indie rock/pop project by the talented singer/songwriter Jake Mimikos, who hails from the Washington, D.C. area. His new self-titled sophomore EP The Internal Frontier dropped on July 22, 2016, and is the follow-up to his excellent debut EP Chaos to Clarity. And what a winner this one is, with five stellar tracks that only confirms The Frontier as a music artist to be reckoned with. The songs on this EP have a somewhat more polished, radio-friendly sound than those on Chaos to Clarity, but are still every bit as good.
The first track “Wake the Dawn” is a gorgeous, celebratory song with an incredibly catchy hook, lush guitar and strong – but not overpowering – percussion. Mimikos’ beguiling vocals soar at just the right moments, eliciting goosebumps. He sings “And I feel free, free as I can be. Together we have found our destiny. And I feel free, free as you and me. Together we can be our remedy.” I guarantee you’ll be playing this on repeat.
The upbeat, melodic track “Neon Rays,” sounds like it could have been performed by the band Walk the Moon, which is a good thing in my book. “Gravity” and “Paradigm” are lovely, hopeful tracks with delicate guitar riffs, gentle synth and clean percussion, accompanied by Mimikos’ sweeping vocals. I love the video for “Gravity,” which wonderfully complements the song.
The fifth track “Bluff”, about the pain and bitterness from a break-up, is the saddest of the bunch, but one of my favorites. To swirling guitar and gentle percussion, Mimikos emotionally sings “And what you do is not what I’ve done. But it’s wrong if I’m not moving on. What you’ve done is hit and run. Now you’re gone like a bullet from a gun. And I need time to figure you out. Only took a minute and there’s not much I found.”