Niall Horan's new album is inspired by The Eagles.

The former One Direction star is working hard on his debut solo LP and has revealed it will have a more ''folky kind of style'' to it than the music he released whilst he was in the chart-topping group.

He told Entertainment Weekly: ''Whenever I would pick up a guitar, I would always naturally play chords like that, and finger pick a lot, and play that folky kind of style.

''Some of the songs are heavier than others. I play a bit of electric on some tracks and we obviously played around a lot with percussion stuff to build up the songs so there was a lot of things going on percussion wise.

''The biggest challenge of making the album was making sure I could sing for that long. I did write the songs in my key so I didn't try to make it too difficult for myself.''

The 23-year-old singer will be working on his album over the next few months but is planning a relaxed Christmas break with the ones he loves first.

He shared recently: ''I'm gonna head home and chill out as it has been hectic the last few months. Looking forward to getting home home at Christmas. I haven't been home since last Christmas so I miss everyone and hopefully this year I'll get to spend some quality time with family and friends.

''I really do wish I could spend more time at home but with Ireland as small as it is, I sometimes struggle to relax so fingers crossed because I miss that place a lot. After Christmas, I'm gonna fall off the face of the earth and do one of my disappearing acts. I want to come up with more song ideas and get back in the writing zone. So have a lovely Christmas and happy New Year and I'll see ya in Feb. (sic)''