By Anna Hecht
Sep 29, 2016 @ 3:30 pm

Niall Horan is still as studly as his One Direction days, but now he’s a solo artist with a flair for acoustic sounds. On Thursday, Horan released a love song, “This Town,” with a live in-studio performance shot in black and white.

In the video above, Horan, 23, strums along to a tune about lost love “in this old town.” Based on the song’s country-sounding lyrics and soft melodies, it seems the singer is going in a different musical direction from his former band mate and R&B artist Zayn Malik. Instead, Horan’s got an Ed Sheeran meets James Blunt vibe going on, and we’re totally into it.

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Stay tuned for more songs from the singer. We can only hope he’ll be releasing more heartfelt singles in the near future. After all, it’s been a bit since 1D announced their hiatus, and we could really use a few more love songs from our favorite British boy banders.