Christmas came early for Sheerios this year: Ed Sheeran has just released the new single “Afterglow,” marking the end of the break that began after his No. 6 Collaborations Project in 2019.
In an accompanying intimate video, Sheeran performs the single on an acoustic guitar against a rustic backdrop. The track itself is a throwback to Sheeran’s earlier acoustic-driven sound, featuring his homely vocals paired with mellow guitar accompaniment and rounded out with dense, thrumming vocal harmonies. “Oh I won’t be silent and I won’t let go / I will hold on tighter ’til the afterglow / And we’ll burn so bright ’til the darkness softly clears,” sings Sheeran on the chorus.
“Hey guys. ‘Afterglow’ is a song I wrote last year that I wanted to release for you,” he commented in a statement. “It’s not the first single from the next album, it’s just a song I love, and hope you love too. Enjoy ! Have a safe and happy festive break and New Year’s. Back to dad land for me now, ciao x.”
Sheeran, who announced the birth of his daughter in September, released the star-studded No. 6 Collaborations Project last year. It featured the likes of Khalid, Justin Bieber, Cardi B and Camila Cabelo. He then followed up with a string of videos for album cuts “Put it All on Me,” “Antisocial,” “Nothing on You,” and “South of the Border.”
Listen to “Afterglow” below: