Irish Charts: Brooke Scullion discusses tender new single Heartbreaker and forthcoming EP
"I played him the song to break up with him. In a way...that'd f*cking evil."
Brooke Scullion is not one to mince her words. She certainly didn't on her pop-punk inspired Eurovision entry That's Rich (justice!) or her sophisticated synth-pop delight Tongues, and she certainly is carrying on the trend with her new single - the country-influenced break-up anthem Heartbreaker.
And in case you couldn't tell, Heartbreaker is all about the time when you know that something isn't working, so to spare the other person's feeling, you pull the plug yourself.
"I don't like it when it's too easy!" Brooke laughs. "It would have been the perfect relationship had I not been flawed in other relationships." Them's the breaks, hun.
Heartbreaker forms as the next release from Brooke's upcoming, top-secret EP, her first proper project since taking to the Eurovision stage, which includes the previous two singles and the first song she ever issued, Attention.
"I think normally you have to make a record that's very sonically similar," Brooke shares. "The next two [songs] are probably more similar, sonically. But for me as an artist, just beginning, I wanted to experiment with sounds. I wanted to take it where this would lead me.
"It was all a breakthrough moment for me, trying to experiment and be authentic. It was fun to do that, and have the freedom to do that. I had no-one under my neck, being like 'you have to do this, you have to that.'"
As for what happens next? Brooke reveals she's already hard at work on her next EP, which will be "a bit more experimental," given she's recently found her groove with an established team of producers and songwriters.
But what we really want to ask her is about her output post-Eurovision. Brooke can be seen as a bit of an anomaly, in the sense that since taking to the stage in Turin, she's been steadily and consistently releasing music. UK Eurovision entrant Sam Ryder, in comparison, has only just dropped his first new single, while Spanish entry Chanel is still working on a new single.
"I wasn't going to enter Eurovision without a backup plan," she says. "The momentum is so large, if you don't give people what they want immediately, they won't understand [that music takes a long time to release]. You just have to be prepared. And I was!"
In more Eurovision news, with the announcement that the UK will be hosting next year's competition in lieu of 2022 winners Ukraine, seven cities acros the country are currently in the running to become Eurovision hosts.
Heartbreaker is out now.