I’m a big fan of Camera Obscura and Belle & Sebastian.
I’m looking for similar indie rock that’s consistently pleasant, warm, relaxing, melodically catchy, sincere and perhaps a bit nostalgic. A core requirement is that the beat never reaches above the noise-level capacity of brushed drums; we’re talking fireside-type relaxing here. Trumpets are a plus. Folk is not an option.
Similar bands that (usually, but not consistently) fit the bill are The American Analog Set, Low, Azure Ray, Saturday Looks Good to Me, George, The Concretes, The Gentle Waves, Under byen, Beulah, Sufjan Stevens and Yo La Tengo. On the flip side, I already know about Blanket Music and Tullycraft, which come across as insincere Belle & Sebastian copycats.