Recalling the day’s when a search engine was your wrist negotiating the radio dial hoping to find something decent to listen to, D-Sisive‘s Jonestown 3: The Dream Is Over starts with a whirlwind spin through what seems like 100s of channels all with the same thing (or variations thereof) on. It finally settles on a snippet of John Lennon’s “God” where the former Beatle declares that, “The dream is over/what can I say?”
And what can you say when, as an artist, you’ve come to the conclusion that one of your most popular creations has run it’s course, and with its end returns the feeling that an artistic career chapter is also closing? If you’re D-Sisive, and you’re marking the end of the Jonestown trilogy and your output under the name you’ve used for over 20 years, you don’t so much say anything as do everything. Partnering once again with producer Munshine, D-Sisive’s final installment of Jonestown is a dark, sometimes depressing, but always witty and sardonic record. Fans of D-Sisive already know him to be a dark and sardonic soul, but Jonestown 3: The Dream Is Over is cloaked over with a heavy sense of foreboding. It’s not suspenseful, because it’s almost a foregone conclusion right from the get-go that this is the start of the end, and that no one gets out of here unscratched and without emotional injury. Along the way, the two collaborate and experiment, leaving no idea unexplored, experimenting with sound, tone, and samples to create the strongest artistic statement of D-Sisive’s career to date.
What comes next in his career is left to debate and decision. Derek Christoff has said that this record marks the end of his life as D-Sisive, going so far to tweet that the morning this album makes its debut–the day after its release party–he’ll be waking up, showering and brushing his teeth before settling in to listen to the new Taylor Swift record. What that leads to is anyone’s guess, but what it leaves behind is a high watermark of not only Canadian rap, but Canadian music in general.
Jonestown 3: The Dream Is Over is available as a free download here.