..well it is where I am (as I write this), so stay home (if possible), turn on your fireplace (if existent), don’t get out of your underwear (if you’re wearing any), and crank the heat (if you can afford it).

Everytime it gets dreary and cold and white outside, I turn on some mellow acoustic jams to set the mood for a real breather of a relaxing day, and this is what’s helping me mellow out right now.

1. Current Swell – ‘Long Time Ago’

These guys are total locals, hailing from Victoria on Vancouver Island here in BC and they’re pretty damn talented. Although the band already has four studio albums, this fourth and latest one with same title as their single, could really help give them the international push. Although released here locally, it will be available to everyone else in January. Until then, this single really is the mellow westcoast folk I need while cooking myself breakfast on a snow day.

2. Neil Halstead – ‘Full Moon Rising’

With an updated, yet similarly morose and melancholy sound of Nick Drake and Elliot Smith, British artist Neil Halstead has more talent in his pinky than most. Starting in bands, Neil jumped around for a while until releasing his first solo album in 2002. Then jumping record labels, Neil has now found that silky, going nowhere fast acoustic sound that I look for while snacking during lunch on my couch and reading a good book in a blanket, and Full Moon Rising puts me in just that mood.

3. Bahamas – ‘Lost In The Light’

Bahamas is a guy named Afie Jurvanen, hailing from Toronto (woot Canada), and although I know little about him at this moment, this song has quickly become one of my favourite of 2012, and I predict I’ll know a lot about him shortly. This is what I put on, after a long day of staying warm and doing nothing, while there’s something warm roasting in the oven and I draw myself a bath. Happy snow day to everyone else having one!