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Steve Nieve Teams With Sting on 'You Lie Sweetly' – Song Premiere

Piano-heavy song is bitter, brief and beautiful

Steve Nieve and Sting.
Courtesy of 429 Records
September 11, 2013 9:00 AM ET

British keyboardist Steve Nieve teamed up with Sting to create a song that is at once brief, complicated and heartbreaking. "You Lie Sweetly" features a dramatic piano and strings introduction before Sting's vocals describe a scene between two lovers on the verge of romantic collapse. 

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"Sting didn't care for the initial song I suggested, which pushed me to the idea of asking him to consider this much more appropriate piece," Nieve tells Rolling Stone. "The beauty of his voice on this very short but intensely bitter text is reminiscent of his 2006 Songs From the Labyrinth."

The song builds intensely with swirling keys and equally strong vocals before the song's character, at last at the breaking point of frustration, realizes it's over and the song closes. The tune comes from Nieve's upcoming album ToGetHer, which is due on October 8th and is available for pre-order here.

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