New Norwegian Indie

Photo: Lars Tiede. (Creative Commons Licence.)

Throughout the year I write about new Norwegian releases for the cultural magazine Subjekt and the international music site beehype. This means I need to keep an eye on what’s happening in the local music scenes.

2020 was a rough year for all of us. Covid-19 had a huge impact on cultural life, as almost everything shut down. But while some went quiet, other music scenes flourished. Luckily there were lots of great songs to help us through 2020!

This list features the songs I’ve been writing about, the songs I haven’t had the capacity to write about and the songs that I haven’t been able to write about due to impartiality. It’s my own little «Best of 2020», as it only features hand-picked tracks released throughout this past year

But it doesn’t stop there. As I keep discovering new tracks I will add them to the list. It will be my working document for my journalistic work in music. Feel free to follow the list on Spotify!

Indie can be a tricky term. In this context I mean music released through independent labels, rather than one of the three bigs ones, which often dominates the charts. I want to reach beyond what often gets the most attention. Do you know about a fresh release that deserves recognition? Tip me at

For a collection of some of some of my all-time Norwegian favorite tracks, check out Hits and Hidden Gems from Norway.

Enjoy, and take care!

Published by Edvard Granum Dillner

Edvard Granum Dillner (b. 1997) is a writer, musician, and multi-artist. Dillner contributes to art and music publications KUNST, Paragone, beehype, Ballade, and GAFFA.

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