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ABOUT

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DPCD is the work of Chicago musician Alec Watson. The music embraces the American song tradition with quiet intensity, offering warm repetitions on daily routine, memory, family history, and grey areas of belief and doubt.

 

NEWS

 
 
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9/4/18

Hello friends, I am starting a news section here-- a space for little updates and reflections and some writings. 

About a month ago, at the end of July, we recorded the bulk of what will be our next album. It was a very good feeling process to me, much much different than making Good Visions.

Good Visions was made all at home-- me and the computer, microphones I didn't know the names of. It was like a year+ of chipping away at those 9 songs, trying to make them sound right. So this time, for a little higher fidelity's sake and for the sake of having a healthy time constraint, I booked some studio time at a small place down the street from where we live.

Preparing the music for the studio was also very different than Good Visions. This time Ethan and Kenan and I made detailed arrangements of all of the songs beforehand and planned on doing most of the tracking live, which I think has made a good sense of place happen in these new songs.

We're finishing up the last little details of recording this month, mixing in October, and then looking for help putting the thing out. I'm excited to let these fresh songs go, and feeling like I want to write more explicitly about what went into them and what they are about/ mean to me. I've been thinking a lot about the spectrum of clarity and mystery in the content of this music. It is very important to me to obscure meaning in a certain way in writing this music. That is part of what feels true in making it, especially in the sound-- the harmony, the melodies. But the truth is that part of the obscuring of meaning is out of a fear of being too explicit about thoughts and feelings that I might not want others to see.

So, I think I'll be writing here and other places as I start to release the music, writing about the narrative of the album, the last year and a half-ish of my life, all that. Thank you for checking in and stay tuned!

-Alec



12/4/18

Hi all. It is a beautiful snowy day in Chicago as I write this, and I am just finishing up the mixing for the next record, which is going to be called False Virtue.

False Virtue is also the name of one of the songs I've been stewing on the longest for the next record-- I remember biking around Boston in 2014-15 humming it. It is a song where one melody happens then repeats kind of endlessly-- the final version of the song is l-o-n-g. It just ended up with lots of verses, and there was a lot I wanted to say and sing with that melody. It definitely became a sort of companion to me over the last few years, cycling along in my head, taking phrases into it, keeping some, spitting out others.

False Virtue is about the dissonance between trying to do good and actually doing good. Trying to be good to others, trying to be good to yourself, and how we try to do that. It's also a document of me examining the religious/ familial/ social/ political beliefs that I grew up with.

How do we treat the traditions we came up in? When they don't fit do we throw them off? Do we salvage the good parts?

The rest of the album is songs about waiting for who knows what, the grey of routine, love to family and friends, naive visions, superstitious proverbs, and confessions.

I am very, very proud of how it sounds, very proud of how my friends sound on it, and eager to get it to you!!

-Alec

9/4/18

Hello friends, I am starting a news section here-- a space for little updates and reflections and some writings.

About a month ago, at the end of July, we recorded the bulk of what will be our next album. It was a very good feeling process to me, much much different than making Good Visions.

Good Visions was made all at home-- me and the computer, microphones I didn't know the names of. It was like a year+ of chipping away at those 9 songs, trying to make them sound right. So this time, for a little higher fidelity's sake and for the sake of having a healthy time constraint, I booked some studio time at a small place down the street from where we live.

Preparing the music for the studio was also very different than Good Visions. This time Ethan and Kenan and I made detailed arrangements of all of the songs beforehand and planned on doing most of the tracking live, which I think has made a good sense of place happen in these new songs.

We're finishing up the last little details of recording this month, mixing in October, and then looking for help putting the thing out. I'm excited to let these fresh songs go, and feeling like I want to write more explicitly about what went into them and what they are about/ mean to me. I've been thinking a lot about the spectrum of clarity and mystery in the content of this music. It is very important to me to obscure meaning in a certain way in writing this music. That is part of what feels true in making it, especially in the sound-- the harmony, the melodies. But the truth is that part of the obscuring of meaning is out of a fear of being too explicit about thoughts and feelings that I might not want others to see.

So, I think I'll be writing here and other places as I start to release the music, writing about the narrative of the album, the last year and a half-ish of my life, all that. Thank you for checking in and stay tuned!

-Alec

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SHOWS

6/2/19 - NYC @ Owl music parlor

6/26/19 - CHICAGO, il @ the whistler

past shows

CONTACT

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