Hi , This is the premiere of the Hugo Oak EP at Amsterdam indie label KROOKS

Hi ,

You might not be familiar with KROOKS, but we are familiar with your platform and work. That’s why we think you might be interested in the premiere of our upcoming release: on May 30, we will release the 5-track EP ‘Brightly Dark’ by the artist ‘Hugo Oak’. Be one of the first to listen here. As a label, we are very proud to have the opportunity to bring such great music into the world. We would love to give you the opportunity to check it out as one of the first and share your opinion / feedback with us. 🙂

Attached to this email, you’ll find the press release of the EP with extra background info. Feel free to check out our other media and other releases by Arjuna Schiks, Satori, Spaceandtime, RQUE and Bremer.

Please share your opinion with us about the new release and if you find it interesting enough to work with within your own expertise. Think of premieres, reviews, snippets, interviews, photography or some other form where we together can give new Art the attention it deserves. For more press attributes, click here for the full press kit.

If you coincidentally are around in Amsterdam, please feel free to join our release party in DOKA Amsterdam on June 10. Let us know and we will be happy to put you on our guestlist!

Love to hear from you,


Guy van Koolwijk
Communications at KROOKS


Amsterdam – May 19, 2016


Coming May 30, Hugo Oak releases his first 5-track EP ‘Brightly Dark’ at the Amsterdam based indie-label KROOKS. This release marks the end of an intimate 2-year journey between label and artist.

This journey started with just a couple of snippets, faced a writer’s block and Hugo overcoming that same writer’s block. Further on Hugo’s granddad passed away and in his honour, Oak decided to name himself after him. Later he finally graduated from the music academy and found the freedom to finish ‘Brightly Dark’ and to start his music career at KROOKS.

The EP can be labelled as accessible yet intelligent. Hugo Oak is an up in the clouds and deep underground musician. By using and combining intense sounds, he seeks to compose both down-tempo and uplifting tracks that will, in either case, make your blood flow a little harder. He uses a synth, a mic, a lot of FX, and the soul of his voice. It’s a process without rules, Hugo Oak produces anyway he wants to.

His voice makes you think he is an old soul singer. His productions have a North European existential feel to it. And a record like Phonograph sounds like an inspiration from the Berlin underground scene. The compositions are stubborn and can put the listener on the wrong track.

On June 10th KROOKS will host his release show at DOKA at the Volkshotel in Amsterdam. There he will perform live in an intimate setting.

+ KROOKS is the new Amsterdam-based indie label by Djordje Petrovic (Satori) and Fenno Verdaasdonk. Last year they entered the label scene with innovative releases by Arjuna Schiks, Satori, Spaceandtime, RQUE and Bremer. Their releases are adventurous and stubborn. The label only signs established names that venture into doing things completely different or avant-garde talents who dare to produce new sounds. +

‘Brightly Dark’ by Hugo Oak will be released on the 30th of May 2016.



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