Nora Petran - "Mourning Dove"

It’s Big Kev from the Rare Candy Mag tech department. I’d just like to say firstly that I’m pretty honored to be able to get a space on the magazine. 

I’ve never been a big music-head, but while I’m programming I always like to have something playing in the background. My friends help me out a lot, send me some new stuff when I ask, or when they find something they think I'll like.

The latest track I’ve been shown and that really stuck out — really made me pause in the middle of my programming and check the song title — is “Mourning Dove” by Nora Petran. It’s got a warm atmosphere, like it’s been close-mic’d with the gain knob set high to pick up the soft vocal cooing and fingerpicking. The room’s gentle white noise and reverb swell like an overheated CPU. And Petran’s voice resembles a flute or some similar family of wind instrument: it’s got a pure, clean, steady tone that can hit precise intervals or hold steady, drawn-out croons.

The artwork is subpar sadly. I can’t understand why she chose to draw it by hand rather than using Photoshop (or one of its fantastic free alternatives, GIMP or That said, “Mourning Dove” will be running up on my Foobar2000 player for many a programming session to come.

Read our January interview with Nora Petran here. More of her music can be found for streaming and download at her Bandcamp.