The final days of December should be a time for unwinding, relaxing allowing our mind to wander over the year that was and the year that will be.
Need a little background music to help you out in such an endeavour? Here's five acoustic tracks perfect for the job.
1) Julia Stone - It's All Okay
Not sure if I've mentioned this before, but I'm a huge fan of Australian siblings Angus & Julia Stone, so I was at once intrigued and delighted when I heard Julia was branching out on her own, even more so when I heard this delicate, beautiful track. It's almost impossible not to drift off into a relaxing state of mind and body when this one plays.
2) Andrew Belle - The Daylight
Playful and yet tender, this simply luscious tune, with its quivering keys and whispering drums is everything you could ask for at those times when you arrive home from a hard-day's slog and just want something to chill out to.
3) Emily Jane White - Sleeping Dead
This is a very gorgeous song indeed, packing perhaps more punch than some of the others on this list, the quirky guitars and hypnotic vocals nonetheless make this an excellent acoustic chill out track.
4) Leonard Cohen - Suzanne
Some relaxing songs are perfect for nodding off to into a comfortable nap, some are ideal for lying beneath a warm sun on a sandy beach and some, like Cohen's Suzanne were tailor-made for those moments when you get home, turn on the fire and chill out with a hot cup of something tasty.
Which is exactly what we all want to do at this time of year, right?
5) Richard Thompson - Hide It Away
Warm sunny beaches aside, this brooding yet entirely charming track from Thompson's You? Me? Us? album could fit pretty much any of the categories above. Indeed, it's actually a staple of what I like to call my Naptrack, and yet also keeps me warm on those ever-so-chilly evenings.