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Badlands (Swedish musical act)

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Background information
OriginStockholm, Sweden
GenresNew Wave IDM Folk Electronica Post punk Experimental Shoegaze Trip hop
Years active2011 - present
LabelsTemporary Secretary, RITE
MembersCatharina Jaunviksna

Badlands is the musical solo name used by producer, composer, documentarist and sound designer Catharina Jaunviksna. With a wide inspirational range from post punk to warehouse techno-like ambiences, she makes tracks rooted in vintage electronics, gritty pedal work, samples and organic orchestration.

Jaunviksna started to explore analog midi and sampling as a teenager, finding a musical sanctuary in her own electronic compositions.[1] Merging from music to sound design, she attended the sound design program at the reputable National Film School of Denmark 2009–2011,[2] but became the educations first dropout due to her constant longing to make music.[1] She then formed Badlands as a home for her new electroacoustic fusions with vocals and released first Badlands EP Battles Within (2012),[3] followed by album Locus (2016).[4] Acclaimed album Djinn[5][6] was released in 2021[7] as a memorial to her late mother.[8] November 18, 2022 Badlands released her third studio album Call to Love [9] followed by a remix package in 2023, Call to Love: Rendered,[10] with contributing artists such as Ikonika, Art Feynman, Cooly G and Odd Nosdam among others.

The DIY approach is crucial to the distinct Badlands sound, where Jaunviksna exclusively writes, records, produces and mixes all material.[9] She is the founder of the record label, arts platform and production company RITE[11] based in Malmö, Sweden, from where she also makes transboundary arts and documentaries,[12][13] original music and sound designs for film and theater, as well as production, remixes[14] and mix work for other labels and artists.[15]



  • Call to Love: Rendered (remix package & bonus tracks, 2023)
  • Call to Love (2022)
  • Djinn (2021)
  • Locus (2016)


  • I Want Blood (2022)
  • Bury You Whole (2022)
  • My Time Will Come Again (2022)
  • Lunatique (Stereo Total cover for Kill Rock Stars, 2021)
  • Out of Reach (2021)
  • Southbound Call (2021)
  • Hearts featuring J. Cowhie (remastered album version, 2020)
  • Hearts (2019)
  • Echo (2016)
  • Caramisou (2016)
  • Tutu (2013)
  • Never Dry Out (2012)


  • Cirkeln Remixed (remix version of EP "Cirkeln" by artist Fia, 2023)
  • Fantasma I / Fantasma II (double single/EP, 2020)
  • Battles Within (released as a duo together with Niklas Tjäder, EP, 2012)


  1. ^ a b "Badlands (Catharina Jaunviksna) Brings Warm and Gritty Analog Textures To Electronica With 'Djinn' - Glide Magazine".
  2. ^ "Badlands: "Locus" - Dagens Nyheter".
  3. ^ "Listen: Badlands - Battles Within EP - Ja Ja Ja Music".
  4. ^ "Badlands goes hyperdrive on new album, Locus - The Line of Best Fit".
  5. ^ "Badlands: Djinn – Channelling trauma into fine electro-pop tunes - The Irish Times".
  6. ^ "A day in the life of... Badlands - SPIN magazine".
  7. ^ "Badlands album är besjälat av något magiskt - Dagens Nyheter".
  8. ^ "Moderns död gav liv åt Badlands nya album - Sydsvenskan".
  9. ^ a b "Badlands Unveils Hypnotic Single "My Time Will Come Again," Announces New Album - FLOOD Magazine".
  10. ^ "Premiere: Badlands 'I Want Blood (Ikonika Remix)'". DJMag.com. 2023-09-07. Retrieved 2023-09-11.
  11. ^ "Premiere: Badlands Debut New Single, "Southbound Call" - Under the Radar Magazine".
  12. ^ Radio, Sveriges (2024-04-13). "Libba – gitarrvirtuosen som återuppstod - P2 Dokumentär". sverigesradio.se (in Swedish). Retrieved 2024-04-17.
  13. ^ Radio, Sveriges (2022-01-21). "Fighter - vägen till världsmästarbältet - P1 Dokumentär". sverigesradio.se (in Swedish). Retrieved 2023-09-12.
  14. ^ "Be A Bear, il suo Mr Dust valica i confini e diventa un Badlands remix". TG24 SKY Italia.
  15. ^ "Badlands covers Stereo Total - Tribute to Françoise Cactus". Kill Rock Stars. 2021-02-24. Retrieved 2023-09-12.

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