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DPCD is the work of Illinois musician Alec Watson. Embracing the American song tradition with quiet intensity, the music contains warm repetitions on family, daily routine, and memory.

DPCD released their first album, “Good Visions,” in 2017.

Their second album, “False Virtue,” was released October 4, 2019.



Good Visions




The Chicago Reader wrote a telepathically spot-on preview of False Virtue in their Gossip Wolf column this week:

“The autumnal folk music that Alec Watson writes (and performs with pals) under the name DPCD has the uncluttered, utilitarian grace of Shaker furniture, shaped with a contemplative sense of order and sturdy enough for daily use.”

How did they know we are obsessed with the Shakers?? How did they know we love furniture?? How did they know we are pals???

read the full write-up here



We talked with the always kind Chicago Crowd Surfer about how the band met, summer camp crushes, midwestern flatness aesthetic, and our new record, False Virtue:

“CCS: DPCD has been around for a few years now, can you walk us through the gestation of the act?

DPCD: DPCD is me (Alec Watson) and my friends and family: Ethan Parcell, Kenan Serenbetz, Samantha Connour, Jesse Bielenberg, and Allie Thomas. This is a group of people I have known for a really long time. Jesse and Ethan and I grew up together in the western suburbs of Chicago. I've been on childhood camping trips with Jesse. Ethan and I became friends in elementary school when we realized we both thought the "773-202-LUNA" TV commercial was really funny. Allie and I met at band camp when we were teenagers and are now married (summer camp crush dreams do come true). Kenan I knew in high school, then we both ended up going to Boston for college and were roommates for a few years. Sam and I started singing together when I moved back to Chicago. 

When I started writing the music that became DPCD, I was playing solo a lot, but then just slowly added all my close people to the band, one by one. Now we are six strong! We just need one more member to hit the number of completion.”

read the full interview here



Chirp Radio did a nice interview with us about the band origin, name, and writing process.

CHIRP: Didn’t your family figure in the name DPCD, Alec?

ALEC: Yes, DPCD was a four-letter secret code passed down by my great grandfather, who was a Quaker and lived in Indiana. When I started writing songs, I was very interested in exploring my family history, particularly on my mother’s side. This served as a touchpoint for many of the songs on my first album, Good Visions. One of the songs, "Images of No Use," ruminates about the family tree, and how the past is connected to the present and the present is connected to the future. If you think about it, you realize that decisions you are making today could have a huge impact on future generations.”

read it here



Wonderful podcast What About Chicago?! previewed our CHIRP Night @ The Whistler show, and played a track off of Good Visions.

“that last song you heard, great song by DPCD, which I am still not sure what that stands for…gotta go to that show and ask him…sounds interesting.” 

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listen here



Issue 59 of the Chicago Crowd Surfer wrote about our performance at the CHIRP Radio Record fair:

“We arrived just in time to take in the first act on the slate for the day in DPCD. Skipping over the first floor vendors for their thirty minute set was the best decision as Alec Watson and his cohorts’ acoustic, indie folk was the perfect accompaniment to our morning coffee and complimentary donut from Metropolis. Watson’s easy stage presence and the flowing layers of acoustic guitar were at odds with the bright surrounding of the Plumbers Hall bar area, but they made the best of it with tunes from the excellent Good Visions as well as a few newer tunes.”

They also included us in their monthly playlist.

write up here

playlist here


please send all inquiries to hello@dpcd.work