Infinite Jest, by design, is more than an EP, it’s an experience. It’s a series of stories enveloped in sound, crafted so that they wash over you, in the same way that a stream of consciousness narration in a post-modern novel would.
And like a well constructed novel, as a listener, you find yourself complicit in the co-creation and unfolding of an entire world, one with its own peculiar logic – as you pull on a thread spun by the author, and fill in carefully distributed omissions. The difference here being, that LolaSister, by the virtue of being a band, is actually a polyphony of voices / authors. In fact, only a discerning ear will discover that what appears to be the voice of lead vocalist – haunting, with something very timeless and aged about it – is actually a back-and-forth between Leoni and her vocal counterpart, Sybil Hofstetter. The sonic architecture, on the other hand, with its carefully balanced organisation of space and curation of colour and texture (noises and feedback), that’s Luzius Schiller, inventor and keys man. The nuts and bolts, i.e. the heartbeat, the rhythm, the pulse of the story, with its particulars of manipulating time – that’s the rhythm section, i.e. Jeremias Keller on bass and Benedikt Utzinger on drums. Being that LolaSister are a collective of seasoned Jazz musicians and skilled improvisers, what we get is a seamless experience of a parallel universe.