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Badlands Drops New Empowering Single “Southbound Call” and New Album Announced!

As musicians grow and develop their love of music, they will gather influences from plenty of different styles. regardless of what genre they end up in. On this week’s dive into the scene we have “Southbound Call”, the newest drop from Swedish producer Badlands. The woman behind the moniker, Catharina Jaunviksna, found her love for creating music early on in her life.  Finding herself intrigued by DIY genres like punk and hardcore, it wasn’t until her teenage years that she discovered synths and sampling. Jaunviksna began her music career working in the filmmaking world crafting scores when she finally discovered her own musical identity. She became a touring musician on synths and keys for The Radio Dept. and founded Badlands in 2012. Since conception, Jaunviksna has attuned herself with the electro community in Dublin, Ireland, and even opened her own studio in Malmo.

“‘Southbound Call’ is about laughing in the face of danger, and finding a sanctuary for the mind in times when life is hard. But it’s also about always getting up, to never feel sorry for yourself. We’re all prisoners of a pandemic right now and to me the ocean represents hope, a metaphor for freedom, something that we all need at this moment in time.” – Badlands

Now going on nine years in her career and a handful of EPs/album under her belt, Badlands is primed and ready to release her next big project. As a follow up from her critically-acclaimed album Locus, Badlands announced that her new album Djinn will be released on March 5th. Accompanying this announcement Badlands also dropped “Southbound Call”, her latest single/music video from Djinn. The track may be our introduction to the new album but embodies the major themes found throughout the album. The album will be an exploration of the darkness within Badlands’s life, as well as a tribute to her late mother who passed away under mysterious circumstances. This isn’t just another album, Djinn will be an experience that everyone should take.

 “I spent every night in the studio, making dark repetitive beats. It was almost as if I was in a trance, channeling something.But as time went by, life started to make sense again as the tracks developed into tunes, and soon I could see that they represented different stages in the coping process.” – Badlands

Make sure you check out “Badlands” on Spotify below and on YouTube!

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Photo Credit: Björn Wahlström

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Brandon Stuhr

Who am I? Just some guy who decided to start writing on the Internet years ago and now operates his own brand and site. Owner/Operator of Modern Neon Media, I make all kinds of niche content to suit my interests at the time. DIY Enthusiast, Brewmaster extraordinaire, and avid freak for geek culture. Follow on my socials for a more "on" version of me.

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