Badlands (Swedish musical act)

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Background information
OriginMalmö, Sweden
GenresNew Wave Electro Post punk Dreamwave Indietronica
Years active2011 - present
LabelsTemporary Secretary, RITE
MembersCatharina Jaunviksna

Badlands is the musical solo name used by Swedish producer, composer and sound designer Catharina Jaunviksna based in Malmö.[1] With a wide inspirational range from post punk to warehouse techno-like ambiences, she makes lush and alluring tracks rooted in vintage synths and drum machines, gritty pedal work, club beats and organic orchestration.

Jaunviksna started to explore analog midi and sampling as a teenager, finding a musical sanctuary in her own electronic compositions.[2] Merging from music to sound design, she attended the sound design program at the reputable National Film School of Denmark 2009-2011,[3] but became the educations first dropout due to her constant longing to make music.[2] She then formed Badlands as a home for her new electroacoustic fusions with vocals and released first Badlands EP “Battles Within” (2012),[4] followed by album “Locus” (2016).[5] Acclaimed album “Djinn”[6][7] was released in 2021[8] as a memorial to her late mother.[9] In September of 2022 Badlands announced the album “Call to Love”,[10] out November 18th 2022.

The DIY approach is crucial to the distinct Badlands sound, where Jaunviksna exclusively writes, records, produces and mixes all material.[10] She is the founder of the electronic record label, arts platform and production company RITE[11] in Malmö, Sweden, from where she also makes original music and sound designs for film and theater, transboundary arts and documentary, as well as production, remixes[12] and mix work for other labels and artists.



  • Call to Love (2022)
  • Djinn (2021)
  • Locus (2016)


  • I Want Blood (2022)
  • Bury You Whole (2022)
  • My Time Will Come Again (2022)
  • Out of Reach (2021)
  • Southbound Call (2021)
  • Hearts featuring J. Cowhie (remastered album version, 2020)
  • Hearts (2019)
  • Echo (2016)
  • Caramisou (2016)
  • Tutu (2013)


  • Fantasma I / Fantasma II (double single/EP, 2020)
  • Battles Within (released as a duo together with Niklas Tjäder, EP, 2012)


  1. ^ "Nöjesguidad: Catharina Jaunviksna". NÖJESGUIDEN. Retrieved 2016-05-19.
  2. ^ a b "Badlands (Catharina Jaunviksna) Brings Warm and Gritty Analog Textures To Electronica With 'Djinn' - Glide Magazine".
  3. ^ "Badlands: "Locus" - Dagens Nyheter".
  4. ^ "Listen: Badlands - Battles Within EP - Ja Ja Ja Music".
  5. ^ "Badlands goes hyperdrive on new album, Locus - The Line of Best Fit".
  6. ^ "Badlands: Djinn – Channelling trauma into fine electro-pop tunes - The Irish Times".
  7. ^ "A day in the life of... Badlands - SPIN magazine".
  8. ^ "Badlands album är besjälat av något magiskt - Dagens Nyheter".
  9. ^ "Moderns död gav liv åt Badlands nya album - Sydsvenskan".
  10. ^ a b "Badlands Unveils Hypnotic Single "My Time Will Come Again," Announces New Album - FLOOD Magazine".
  11. ^ "Premiere: Badlands Debut New Single, "Southbound Call" - Under the Radar Magazine".
  12. ^ "Be A Bear, il suo Mr Dust valica i confini e diventa un Badlands remix". TG24 SKY Italia.

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