A reinvention is one of life’s biggest gambles. While some may suffer from growing pains, others rise like a blazing phoenix. One such act caught in the crossfire of rebirth is larger-than-life disco-pop sensations Lazarus Kane. Once known for frontman Ben Jakes’s sleazed-out persona synthesizing the worst of American maximalism, Lazarus Kane have since turned to new, simpler pretenses as a six-piece band after accepting the fact that we live on a planet where fact is stranger than fiction. Now sans the persona but still with a love for funky opulence, the sextet have brought out their debut four-track EP ‘Psychobabble’ complete with an undeniably imposing charisma. As opening track ‘Milk At My Door’ bops and moves in a manner befitting of the finest dance floors, it becomes quickly apparent that Lazarus Kane have refined their wit to combat the growing surrealism of real life. While both snarky ‘Whole Foods’ and charged ‘Williston, ND’ suffer from rigidity at times, the fiery aplomb of ‘Mps’ more than compensates. With Ben’s voice standing tall atop a soapbox of disorienting synths on the closer, ‘Psychobabble’ proves that Lazarus Kane never needed to don any costumes to be at their best.
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