Audiences in North America and Europe may not know what to make of her uplifting and cutesy piano-dominated pop, but Australian singer Lenka Kripac, known professionally by her first name, and her style have a special resonance with Asian fans. 'Festival audiences are great because of their excitement and energy but there's a frenzy to Asian audiences which is great to play off. If they are high energy, we are, and the whole thing escalates to an amazing level,' Lenka said when she visited Hong Kong last month. Lenka's work has a child's innocence and purity of imagination as its central themes, which play well with Asian crowds, she said, adding: 'I'm trying to keep alive this spirit of wonder, naivety and simplicity. 'It's the cutesy thing and I'm very happy about it. It's like a child-like connect and it's what I gathered from [Asian] popular aesthetics and styles. I'm really happy that I wrote some music that can transcend different cultures and languages.' The pianist, whose hits are dominating local radio waves and music store playlists, duetted with local singer Jason Chow while in the city. Encouraged to also learn the trumpet by her jazz musician father, her biggest influence, Lenka said her other inspiration is Icelandic singer-songwriter Bjork. Crediting the avant-garde soprano with inspiring her to sing, Lenka said Bjork's pioneering work showed how popular music could be strange and artsy instead of conforming to pop music formulas. Her self-titled first album is also heavily influenced by the Beatles musically, and vocally by jazz legends Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday, she said. Having toured for the better half of the year, she plans to release another album after an extended Christmas break. Hinting it would take on a darker, more mature and sexy tone, she said the album will also feature seven tracks that didn't make it onto Lenka. Starting with beats instead of the piano, the album will incorporate emotions caused by life on the road, such as loneliness and longing, themes her youthful fans are bound to relate to.