The out singer-songwriters have joined forces for the haunting, piano-driven ballad, which hit YouTube this week. The accompanying video features shots of Grand and Lieb together in the studio, interspersed with performance footage of the men seated back-to-back and gazing directly into the camera.
Lieb, who lives in Los Angeles, told The Huffington Post that he got the idea for "Look Away" when Grand, a Chicago native, announced plans to head west. Although the performers have individual sounds, their studio time couldn't have been more fruitful, he said.
"I honestly think it turned out successful because we both just wanted to create something great," he said. "When you're in that mindset, you really team up and work together. And Steve is fun!"
In a sad twist of fate, Lieb split from his boyfriend the day before the video was shot earlier this month.
"What you are seeing on camera is me really trying to hold it together singing a gut wrenching song, after literally just ending a relationship with someone I care about deeply," he told HuffPost. "Not even 24 hours had gone by."
Grand did his best to keep the mood light on the set, telling Towleroad, "I’m an irreverent goofball and Eli is a more serious guy just really focused on his craft. I think it makes for an interesting collaboration.”
Fans of the respective performers are clearly digging the new tune. Just hours after its March 29 premiere, the "Look Away" video had racked up nearly 30,000 YouTube views.
Here's to hoping we haven't heard the last of this pairing.