Recent Badlands interviews:
19/3/2016 AMANDA BERGMAN + BADLANDS Babel, Malmö, Sweden
23/4/2016 LOCUS ALBUM LAUNCH Grand, Malmö, Sweden
2/7/2016 CASTLEPALOOZA! 1-3 July, Tullamore, Ireland
20/8/2016 ANOTHER LOVE STORY 19-21 August, Killyon Manor, Ireland
7/12/2016 NIKI & THE DOVE + BADLANDS Mejeriet, Lund, Sweden
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Badlands is a wall of sound, blending the elements of early new wave and Haçienda hay-day, evolved into something new, startling and true.
Behind this one-woman-band hides producer Catharina Jaunviksna. Born and based in Sweden, she still has two other home countries in Ireland and Italy, and maybe that has added to her distinctive and genuine sound. With an inspiriing context in the ever so pulsating semi-electronic Irish scene and the unheedful DIY Italian base, all tastefully rounded up with uncompromising and aestethic Swedishness, her music remains unparallelled within the contemporary scene.
Sprung out of creative resourcefulness and childlike escapism, her tunes can be described as spaceage fables and sudden encounters, told through analog synths, club beats and organic pop orchestration. Indisputable emotional, yet relentless and proud.
With it's strong sense of melody and distinct production, new album "Locus" testifies of a Badlands that has become more true to her emotional ideas and instincts. From the first release with EP "Battles Within" 2012 and single "Tutu" 2013, the former experimental and at times trip-hop scented project has now left the sound searching quest and grown up to be a genre of it's own.
“These songs are coated in cosmic dust and pieced together from as many elements as you'd find in a collapsing star's wake.” The Line of Best Fit
“This is the best album released so far in 2016” New Retro Wave
“sorry, I just fell out my chair because I was swooning so hard. That’s how lovely this record is.” Nordic Spotlight
"It’s impossible not to repeat Echo over and over (and over) again" BBC 6 Music
"Locus is a deeply atmospheric album that comes on like a synth-soundtracked night-time drive through a sci-fi suburbia." 20 Jazz Funk Greats
"The new track from the Swedish producer is probably gonna be playin' in the club when the world ends" Noisey VICE
"’Tutu’ sounds as sweet as any Valentine’s Day candy you will savor" Prefix Magazine
"Tutu is one of those slow-building, mesmerising electronic pop songs that you feel compelled to keep on repeat." DIY Magazine
" … “Tutu,” a deliciously 80s flavoured psych freak-out " Under the Radar Magazine
"Battles Within is without a doubt one of the strongest releases among Nordic electronic releases this year." the 405