Teng's approach is a delicate one. She comes across as more complex and less angst-ridden than Paula Cole or Fiona Apple, yet more sentimental and less baroque than Tori Amos. Her quirky and elegant sound has made her partnership with the Zoe/Rounder label -- home to Cowboy Junkies, the Tragically Hip, and Duncan Sheik -- a perfect fit. (Sadly, Sheik has dropped off this bill.)
Her latest effort, Dreaming Through the Noise, features graceful, poetic imagery and songs like "Blue Caravan," "Transcontinental, 1:30 AM" and "Pontchartrain," which belie a past of self-described "tech-geekdom." Alongside KT Tunstall and Corinne Bailey Rae, Vienna Teng is a breath of fresh air for anyone sick to death of prefabricated pop.