Hey new member here!
For me people like Elliott Smith, Roland Orzazazzazazzzzabel (The Tears For Fears fella), Roddy Frame, Nik Kershaw, Ian Broudie (Lightning Seeds) and too many I guess to mention. If I think of any I'll add them.
Personally my ear gets bent in a pleasant way by songs that take a turn somewhere unexpected but not wholly unfamiliar if that makes sense? Be it a turn of phrase an unexpected chord or a rhythmic shift somewhere.
I could rant about current Pop/Rock music going from A-B without even having a look at C or D but I won't (although I think I just did)