One Direction fans were shocked to hear about Niall Horan, the charming Irish blond of the band, when he released a new single.
People Magazine describes “This Town” as “a pleasant, though slightly tepid, guitar ballad” (One Direction’s Niall Horan Releases First Solo Single ‘This Town’). Horan himself says that he is working on a new album that is similar to his single: “more upbeat but that kind of vibe – the acoustic guitar, that kind of feel to it, nice strings.” He also said that his new music was influenced by Bob Dylan and Simon & Garfunkel, though Entertainment Weekly said it sounds more like the works of Vance Joy and Ed Sheeran (One Direction’s Niall Horan releases first solo single, ‘This Town’). The single was produced by Greg Kurstin who has worked with Ellie Goulding, Sia, and Kelly Clarkson and was behind Adele’s single “Hello”.
When asked about the single, sophomore Chandler Monaghan said, “I am very excited about the new song since he is such an amazing guitar player and singer.”
The song reminds me of the earlier works of One Direction, as it has a slow, catchy tune. The words depict a man waking up to find that his lover is nowhere to be found. He reminisces about things he never got to say to them. I find that it is indeed similar to Ed Sheeran’s style, but I think Niall has his own take on that kind of folk music.
At the beginning of the year, One Direction announced a hiatus, about a year after Zayn Malik left the band. Since then, Harry Styles has signed a solo record deal with Colombia, and Liam Payne has signed one with Capital Record. Louis Tomlinson is the only member who has not signed a solo deal, but both he and Horan have promised the band will reunite.
Monaghan was also asked how she felt about the band taking a break. “Well, I’m kind of disappointed that they separated for the time being, but I feel like they will all do well separately. Each one has the talent to go where they want to and succeed.”
The other members of 1D were also supportive of his accomplishment. Styles said via Twitter, “Ahhh, a lovely tune my friend. Congratulations. H”. Tomlinson and Payne were just as complementary. Being that Malik is no longer in the band, he did not congratulate Horan but instead posted a selfie on Instagram at the same time the single came out.
Fans are thrilled to hear Horan’s new album as well as Styles and Payne’s new songs. Monaghan said, “I’m excited, and they will all do well.”