I think sometimes there's a belief in the Singer/Songwriter genre these days that you have to be coffee-shop friendly... and that doesn't have to be an eye-rolling experience.
Julie Fader shows the modern, refined side of folk. Contradictory almost, I know. But eventually, we as music connoisseurs have to accept that our Sarah McLachlans and Alanis Morrissettes aren't "the bar" any more. They've been replaced with Julie Doirons and Neko Cases, and that's not a bad thing. We need to progress.
There's something about the warmth she brings; I hate the imagery of an oversized coffee cup being held in both hands, sitting on a fluffy chair in a big sweater, but I kind of understand that now... and that makes me shudder. But I'm okay with that.
Listen to "Maps" by Julie Fader