Today (Oct. 20) is a momentous day for Niall Horan, as the former One Directioner‘s debut solo album Flicker has finally arrived. In celebration of releasing his first full project, the 24-year-old singer stripped down the title track from the album and shared a video of the heartfelt rendition.
Although “Flicker” is also the name of Horan’s album, the track is No. 8 of 13 on the record. The sweetly slow song tells the story about remembering the first flicker of hope a lover had given him at the beginning, even though that love is now gone.
“Then I think of the start,” Horan sings intimately over a piano and violin in the video. “And it echoes a spark/ And I remember the magic electricity/ Then I look in my heart/ There’s a light in the dark/ Still a flicker of hope that you first gave to me/ That I wanna keep/ Please don’t leave.”
Horan had released three singles (“This Town,” “Slow Hands,” and “Too Much To Ask”) prior to the official release of Flicker, which you can get here. Along with the album release, Apple Music unveiled a short film documenting the making of the album called On the Record: Flicker.
As soon as the album went live, Horan took to Twitter to share a screenshot of an iPhone note because, we presume, his excitement for the big day required more than 140 characters.
— Niall Horan (@NiallOfficial) October 20, 2017
In 2018, the 24-year-old Irishman will embark on a Flicker World Tour beginning on June 1 in New Zealand and weaving through various places until Sept. 23 in West Palm Beach, Fla. Country singer Maren Morris — who features on folky Flicker track “Seeing Blind” — will be accompanying Horan on the road next year. For now, Horan is touring the United States on the Flicker Sessions 2017 Tour, performing around the country until Nov. 22.