BlackBook Premiere: Swedish Songstress Badlands’ Haunting New Video For ‘Out of Reach’

When we last heard from Badlands (just last week, actually), she was contributing a song – ‘Hearts’ – to our most unusual BlackBook Valentine’s Day playlist. But we can’t seem to get enough of the burgeoning young Swedish composer/songstress (known to her family as Catharina Jaunviksna) – and so today are thrilled to premiere her latest single ‘Out of Reach,’ which again finds her confronting and sorting through romantic uncertainty and loss.

To be sure, the lyrics are an earnest plea to be gifted with the fortitude to emotionally forge a new way forward: “give me time, give me strength, to move things further / here’s a sign, here’s a chance, to something unheard of.”

“It’s a song about truth and consequence,” she explains. “About sorrow, betrayal, illusions. Its my way of saying I’m sorry to someone, I was stupid, but so were you. It probably means something entirely different to the listener, which can be just as true. But regardless it’s about what it’s like being on the first step of realizing it’s game over and time to move on, even though you really don’t want to.”

Of course, writing can often be an act of urgent and necessary catharsis, especially at a time when confusion reigns, and seems insurmountable by more quotidian methodologies. Which is very much how ‘Out of Reach’ came to be.

‘Music fills in the indefinable that we can not put into words,” she observes, “and ‘Out of Reach’ is typically such a song. It came about because I couldn’t phrase to myself what was happening in any other way, and it just had to come out somehow.”

It’s taken from her upcoming album Djinn (an Arabic words meaning spirits or demons), which is scheduled for release this March 5.

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