Top 30 Songs for March 24-30, 2019

1. SUPERPOSITION – Young the Giant (1)
2. READY TO LET GO – Cage the Elephant (3)
3. POWER OVER ME – Dermot Kennedy (7)
4. DELTA BLUES – Jetstream (2)
5. CHANGE – The Revivalists (6)
6. S.O.S. (Sawed Off Shotgun) – The Glorious Sons (8)
7. SIGUE CON EL AMOR – John Defeo (9)
8. VOLCANO – Feather Weight (10)
9. TRAMPOLINE – SHAED (11)
10. LOVE IT IF WE MADE IT – The 1975 (4)
11. NORTHERN LIGHTS – Death Cab for Cutie (5)
12. HOME – morgxn featuring WALK THE MOON (13)
13. ASSUME FORM – James Blake (15)
14. MOVEMENT – Hozier (16)
15. LONGSHOT – Catfish and the Bottlemen (17)
16. DISAPPEAR – Western Jaguar (18)
17. EXITS – Foals (19)
18. CHLORINE – twenty one pilots (20)
19. SUNFLOWER – Post Malone & Swae Lee (12)
20. HARMONY HALL – Vampire Weekend (24)
21. SECRET THAT LIES BEHIND – The Gear (23)
22. FEAR THE FUTURE – IAMWARFACE (25)
23. DARK PLACES – The Frontier (26)
24. IN THE WATER – The Underground Vault (14) 20th week on chart
25. SALVATION – The Strumbellas (22)
26. WANDER – Vox Eagle with Pierre Fontaine (21) 20th week on chart
27. TIME – Morosity (30)
28. BURY A FRIEND – Billie Eilish (N)
29. ESCAPE – Ships Have Sailed (N)
30. LOVE CRAZY – Karolina Rose (N)

Top 30 Songs for March 17-23, 2019

1. SUPERPOSITION – Young the Giant (2)
2. DELTA BLUES – Jetstream (1)
3. READY TO LET GO – Cage the Elephant (14)
4. LOVE IT IF WE MADE IT – The 1975 (5)
5. NORTHERN LIGHTS – Death Cab for Cutie (6)
6. CHANGE – The Revivalists (7)
7. POWER OVER ME – Dermot Kennedy (8)
8. S.O.S. (Sawed Off Shotgun) – The Glorious Sons (9)
9. SIGUE CON EL AMOR – John Defeo (10)
10. VOLCANO – Feather Weight (12)
11. TRAMPOLINE – SHAED (13)
12. SUNFLOWER – Post Malone & Swae Lee (3)
13. HOME – morgxn featuring WALK THE MOON (15)
14. IN THE WATER – The Underground Vault (4) 19th week on chart
15. ASSUME FORM – James Blake (20)
16. MOVEMENT – Hozier (17)
17. LONGSHOT – Catfish and the Bottlemen (18)
18. DISAPPEAR – Western Jaguar (19)
19. EXITS – Foals (21)
20. CHLORINE – twenty one pilots (26)
21. WANDER – Vox Eagle with Pierre Fontaine (11) 19th week on chart
22. SALVATION – The Strumbellas (24)
23. SECRET THAT LIES BEHIND – The Gear (25)
24. HARMONY HALL – Vampire Weekend (28)
25. FEAR THE FUTURE – IAMWARFACE (29)
26. DARK PLACES – The Frontier (30)
27. YOU’RE THE ONE – Greta Van Fleet (23)
28. PRESSURE – Muse (16)
29. APOCALIPSTICK – Lazy Queen (22)
30. TIME – Morosity (N)

Top 30 Songs for March 10-16, 2019

1. DELTA BLUES – Jetstream (1)
2. SUPERPOSITION – Young the Giant (3)
3. SUNFLOWER – Post Malone & Swae Lee (4)
4. IN THE WATER – The Underground Vault (2)
5. LOVE IT IF WE MADE IT – The 1975 (7)
6. NORTHERN LIGHTS – Death Cab for Cutie (8)
7. CHANGE – The Revivalists (9)
8. POWER OVER ME – Dermot Kennedy (10)
9. S.O.S. (Sawed Off Shotgun) – The Glorious Sons (13)
10. SIGUE CON EL AMOR – John Defeo (12)
11. WANDER – Vox Eagle with Pierre Fontaine (5)
12. VOLCANO – Feather Weight (14)
13. TRAMPOLINE – SHAED (15)
14. READY TO LET GO – Cage the Elephant (19)
15. HOME – morgxn featuring WALK THE MOON (16)
16. PRESSURE – Muse (6)
17. MOVEMENT – Hozier (20)
18. LONGSHOT – Catfish and the Bottlemen (21)
19. DISAPPEAR – Western Jaguar (22)
20. ASSUME FORM – James Blake (25)
21. EXITS – Foals (23)
22. APOCALIPSTICK – Lazy Queen (11)
23. YOU’RE THE ONE – Greta Van Fleet (24)
24. SALVATION – The Strumbellas (26)
25. SECRET THAT LIES BEHIND – The Gear (29)
26. CHLORINE – twenty one pilots (30)
27. HIGH HOPES – Panic! At the Disco (17)
28. HARMONY HALL – Vampire Weekend (N)
29. FEAR THE FUTURE – IAMWARFACE (N)
30. DARK PLACES – The Frontier (N)

THE FRONTIER – Single Review: “Dark Places”

The Frontier

The Frontier is an unsigned indie-pop/alt rock band from Vienna, Virginia (the Washington D.C. area). The band was formed in 2016 by singer/songwriter and guitarist Jake Mimikos, who first released an EP Chaos to Clarity as a solo artist in 2015. He initially called the band The Internal Frontier, and released a wonderful self-titled EP The Internal Frontier, which I reviewed in July 2016.

Like many bands, they’ve undergone some changes in line-up over time, and now consist of Jake on vocals & guitar, Eric Boggess on lead guitar, Eric Dolinger on bass, Kate Stanley on synths & vocals, and Eduardo Santana on drums. They changed their name to simply ‘The Frontier’, and released the terrific and upbeat singles “Young Machine” in late 2017 and “Follow This Feeling” in May 2018. Now they return with a gorgeous new single “Dark Places“, the first single to be included on their forthcoming EP Luminescence, to be released later this year.

“Dark Places” is a stylistic departure for The Frontier, featuring a moodier, more synth-driven sound and I love it! As the title implies, the song is dark, but also quite beautiful, with a captivating vibe that immediately hooked me, compelling me to move to the sensual beat. The shimmering synths are exquisite, enveloping me in a dreamy soundscape I’m happy to remain trapped in. Subtle guitars, gentle bass and the perfect amount of crisp percussion complete the glorious instrumentals. Jake’s smooth, ardent vocals are enthralling, soaring into the higher octaves and sounding better than ever before. Kate’s backing harmonies are really wonderful too.

The lyrics speak to the internal struggles many of us experience with our darker side, and the attendant fears, anxieties, anger and even bad thoughts we must grapple with. Jake stated that they were inspired by a show he watched on Netflix about serial killers.

Maybe I’m just a little lost
Sometimes I lose myself in my obsessions
I’m just a victim of my thoughts
I’m only human, with imperfections

I’ve been to dark places in my mind
Seeing shadows in the night
It get’s a little lonely when I’m in dark places in my mind
Falling further from the light
It gets a little lonely when I’m in dark places

“Dark Places” is absolutely marvelous, and I’ve had it on repeat all morning. The Frontier have struck sonic gold with their first single on what I’m certain will be a fabulous album.

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