Most bands that take their cues from New Wave and dream-pop influences like The Cure, Kate Bush and the Cocteau Twins never come close to approximating those artists’ lush, spellbinding textures and transcendent hooks. Locals Ponychase, however, pull it off handily. Given the personnel involved, that’s no surprise. The band is led by bassist/vocalist Jordan Caress (whose résumé includes backing Tristen and Caitlin Rose) and features Caress’ brother, Little Bandit’s Alex Caress, on synths, Forget Cassettes frontwoman Beth Cameron on guitar, and local ambient auteur Brian Siskind on synth drums. The band is a powerhouse of expertly woven electro-pop aesthetics, jagged, post-punky guitar lines, heartbreaking harmonies and hook-rich tunes. Caress’ stunning voice packs an emotional wallop that brings the band’s ethereal, sulking songs to peaks of transcendence worthy of their influences. Hit up Exit/In tonight and see for yourself why this is a band that should make locals all the more excited to live in Nashville right now, not to mention one that’s bound to give international indie faves like Beach House and M83 a run for their money.