I just played Down by the Water by The Decemberists. It’s one of my favorite songs, by one of my favorite bands, and the reason I like it so much is that the lyrics and instrumentation evoke a strong sense of familiarity that I shouldn’t actually have. My childhood was nothing like what the lyrics intimate, but it is so inherently folky that I feel an inherent kinship with Colin Meloy.
Some other songs that make me feel the same way are Don’t Carry it All by the already mentioned band, and a handful of songs by Iron & Wine, like Sodom, South Georgia, Woman King, and Walking Far From Home.
Sam Beam and Colin Meloy are masters of this.