Incorporating elements of folk into pop/dance music may seem to be a bit of a trend, but when it works well it’s worth checking out. And L.A.-based duo PublicArt certainly have the pedigree to get it all across. Singer Stevvi Alexander is the touring lead for the Game Of Thrones live production, while collaborator Jan Ozveren is Charlie Puth’s guitarist on record and on tour. From their forthcoming EP Modernika, “Montreux” is about the aftermath of a relationship that wasn’t meant to be – the repeated phrase “but we faded away” is guaranteed to stick in your head. The song has an 80’s new wave electronica sensibility that surrounds both folk and soul influences, and Stevvi definitely has a spot-on voice from which you will want to hear more. There’s even more diversity in the EP, which gravitates more to pop and jazz at times with an electronic foundation. PublicArt are off to a great start but to me “Montreux” will be their calling card.