The singer-songwriter teased he’d be dropping a “Christmas present” for fans at 11 am GMT (6 am ET) and, true to his word, the star made his latest single available to stream and download.
Alongside a video clip of the star performing the track while strumming his guitar, Ed wrote on Instagram: “Hey guys. Afterglow is a song I wrote last year that I wanted to release for you.
“It’s not the first single from the next album, it’s just a song I love, and hope you love too,” he added.
“Enjoy ! Have a safe and happy festive break and New Year’s. Back to dad land for me now, ciao x.”
Afterglow is Ed’s first release since he welcomed a daughter named Lyra with his wife, Cherry Seaborn, in late August (2020).
His last new music, No.6 Collaborations Project, dropped in July 2019. It featured a string of collaborations with artists including Justin Bieber, Chance The Rapper, Cardi B, Camila Cabello, and British rapper Stormzy.