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Röyksopp — What Else Is There?
Album: The Understanding
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Released: 2005
Length: 4:56
Plays (last 30 days): 4
It was me on that road
But you couldn't see me
Too many lights out
But nowhere near here

It was me on that road
Still you couldn't see me
And then flashlights and explosions

Roads are getting nearer
We cover distance but not together

I am the storm and I am the wonder
And the flashlights nightmares
And sudden explosions

I don't know what more to ask for
I was given just one wish

It's about you and the sun
A morning run
The story of my maker
What I have and what I ache for

I've got a golden ear
I cut and I spear
And what else is there

Roads are getting nearer
We cover distance still not together

If I am the storm if I am the wonder
Will I have flashlights nightmares
And sudden explosion

There's no room where I can go and
You've got secrets too

I don't know what more to ask for
I was given just one wish
Comments (127)add comment
 rgio wrote:

Ah...thank God!

Following Billie Eilish, it's comforting to get back to another 15-year-old Northern European Synth-Pop tune where English is a second language.




Hehehe
Based on my past, nothing by this band should work for me. But somehow I have been drawn in by the synth-heavy approach and thudding drumming. I am a fan of this album; all worth the visit.
 cebadores wrote:

ЗаЌечателМая песМя!МеПбычМый гПлПс!...


Exactly what I was thinking!
If you like this, make sure to check out the White Duke remix - Awesome:-).
 jkforde wrote:

love Fever Ray's voice, her own track Keep the Streets Empty For Me is class



Also her very haunting lyrics used on Vikings series.
This tune is like factor 50 against today's desert of hate and rage. 
 jkforde wrote:
love Fever Ray's voice, her own track Keep the Streets Empty For Me is class
 I think this voice would remove chewing gum...

 lizardking wrote:

So true!  And the comment reminds me of a line in an episode of House, MD when he says something like "the philosopher Jäger said "You can't always get what you want"" (which Wilson figured out after a few seconds)

And today I upgraded my 4 to a 6 on this one; maybe next time I'll move it to the hallowed 7+ range....Long Live RP!!
 

7 to 8 today...
 jkforde wrote:
love Fever Ray's voice, her own track Keep the Streets Empty For Me is class
 
TDIL!
 timc wrote:
Whoa. Singing lessons from Cyndi Lauper?
 

Sounds more like Bjork to me.
I like this
 Frater_Kork wrote:

Norwegian squirrels.
Sneaky things. 
 
Call ME a norwegian squirrel!!! Lol I'd be on more than just the shirt!!!!
love Fever Ray's voice, her own track Keep the Streets Empty For Me is class
Fever Ray sings Billie Ellish?
 Webfoot wrote:
Fever Ray!
 
Got them by her voice.
Fever Ray!
Thin White Duke Mix is worth a listen if you like it a bit more upbeat
Røyksopp=Puffball=Støvbold
Ah...thank God!

Following Billie Eilish, it's comforting to get back to another 15-year-old Northern European Synth-Pop tune where English is a second language.
 ziggytrix wrote:
 
Narrative to a horroshow motorcycle ride through thunderstorms in southern Iowa and northeastern Missouri a few weeks ago.  Spotwalla link.
 boltonblue242 wrote:
This song always leaves me wanting more... but as someone else once said... we can't always get what we want.


 
So true!  And the comment reminds me of a line in an episode of House, MD when he says something like "the philosopher Jäger said "You can't always get what you want"" (which Wilson figured out after a few seconds)

And today I upgraded my 4 to a 6 on this one; maybe next time I'll move it to the hallowed 7+ range....Long Live RP!!
Been listening to RP since 2012. The 1st time I was in Gimmelwald, Switzerland, from the balcony of my hotel while looking at the mountains.
REAL music on RP, but I'd fancy a little more of Royksopp-like tunes!
Greetings from Bologna, Italy!
yes
Yes
YES
This song always leaves me wanting more... but as someone else once said... we can't always get what we want.

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and flashlights and explosions and flashlights and explosions and flashlights and explosions and flashlights and explosions

I LOVE the Trentemoller remix - this Youtube comment sums it up, "Isn't this awesome. Swedish singer featuring in a Norwegian band's song remixed by a Dane. A complete Scandi package."
 ziggytrix wrote:
"I was given just one wheeeee"

 
Excellent, my friend.  Some songs get better with each hearing, and this is one of them.
Yes to the lovely Fever Ray....
I like it, the voice is fantastic! 8
Thanks you again RP!!! Of course I've heard of Royksopp before but when I heard Fever Ray vocals it made me sit up and look at/ listen to them  them in more detail, all their stuff is so different.  Now I have even more 'new' stuff to listen to.  You keep opening my ears! {#Roflol}
I like it! Yes, she does sing a lot like Fever Ray and Bjork. The lyrics of this are as enigmatic, deep, thought-provoking, and mysterious as their sound, too. It's definitely got a hypnotic Scandinavian thing going on I really dig! Thanks, RP!
Spooky video 

Perfectly fits the song.
"I was given just one wheeeee"
 kcar wrote:

2/21/14 update: While cleaning in the other room, could have sworn this was a more upbeat song from Fever Ray...

 
Second that, although I'm not cleaning…
 tiare wrote:
Radio Paradise has not lost her touch over the years, though I am wishing for the old Logo to return.. Still have my old sweat shirts. I hold them dearly. New :Logo is so... with out the heart needed so much! Today more than ever.

This song ROCKS! and for whatever reason, brings the old days of RP back to me~

 
I so agree about the old logo -- so cool. no soul to the new one 😞
Some tune for the way she moves. (Honestly, I was like get there first, then changed my mind. I'm just trying to act like this, so I may get close,  by the way nice picture.)
I love this song...I hear a little Cyndi Lauper...
 springof63 wrote:


Don't mean to be picky, but just to clarify - Björk is from ICELAND, which is an island but it isn't, say, Ireland.
Hope That Helps

 

I apologize for the confusion, have answered in English and used the German expression for Björks Iceland (which is written: Island). You are right.

 Greetings from German speaking part of Switzerland


 Hannio wrote:


The Icelandic name for Iceland is Island, "Is" meaning ice. 

 
Ah, er, well, 'you learn something new every day'
I humbly apologise for my ignorance.
 {#Foot-in-mouth}
 springof63 wrote:


Don't mean to be picky, but just to clarify - Björk is from ICELAND, which is an island but it isn't, say, Ireland.
Hope That Helps

 

The Icelandic name for Iceland is Island, "Is" meaning ice. 
 
Posted: Nov 05, 2012 - 12:12
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 gypsyman wrote:

I was just gonna ask - is this group near Bjork on the map?
 
 
SwissReVox wrote:
 

Near on the map? Radio Eriwan would answer: Im Prinzip Ja
Björk is from Island, Röyksopp from Norway, approx. 1000 Miles distance, so it depends, what horizon you have/use.

Regards from Europe 
 

 

Don't mean to be picky, but just to clarify - Björk is from ICELAND, which is an island but it isn't, say, Ireland.
Hope That Helps
7->8{#Roflol} 
I know I'm in a very small minority here, but the singer's voice grates on me to the point that I have to resist the urge to switch away from RP.  And I do enjoy Bjork and Fever Ray, so I dunno.
 krec wrote:
She has some Fever Ray voice 's frequencies...
 
Turns out  all of them
 FrankDebbieCote wrote:
Does sound like Fever Ray's singer. 
I like it.  
 
Good ear.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karin_Dreijer_Andersson 
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/What_Else_Is_There%3F
 cebadores wrote:
ЗаЌечателМая песМя!МеПбычМый гПлПс!...

 
"Great song! Unusual voice!" (according to Google Translate). 

I thought this was Bjork. Unusual voice, yes. Am trying to figure out how much I like the song.  
The first time I tune in after being in Chicago for several days and what is playing but the group that was thundering the Loop last Sunday night from Millennium Park. From a distance the music has a compelling drive, but there was a sameness to each piece. Still, it was pretty amazing to be in a heavily populated urban park on a hot August night with this group as the soundtrack.
Does sound like Fever Ray's singer. 
I like it.  
 

thekid wrote:
Yea!  I uploaded this a long time ago.  Forgot to look if it got accepted or not.  I guess I got my answer now : )

 
Congratulations! Alas, not many uploads make it into regular rotation...
ЗаЌечателМая песМя!МеПбычМый гПлПс!...
{#Dancingbanana}
 Frater_Kork wrote:

Norwegian squirrels.
Sneaky things. 

 
Sounds like a good name for a band.
 Frater_Kork wrote:

Norwegian squirrels.
Sneaky things. 

 
Whereas Swedish squirrels are good and noble and true? Is there some kind of cross-border squirrel rivalry going on between you Scandinavians? 

And who puts the Up in Uppsala?  

2/21/14 update: While cleaning in the other room, could have sworn this was a more upbeat song from Fever Ray...
Radio Paradise has not lost her touch over the years, though I am wishing for the old Logo to return.. Still have my old sweat shirts. I hold them dearly. New :Logo is so... with out the heart needed so much! Today more than ever.

This song ROCKS! and for whatever reason, brings the old days of RP back to me~
Hey it's the group that did the song for the Geico caveman ads. Cool beans
New singer for me.
 kiarash wrote:
we One of my all-time favourites. I love RP because so many of my favourites are here
It's like finding your musical soulmate 

 
I feel the same way!! RP IS my musical soul-mate :D
Not bad!
 TerryS wrote:
What is that crawling up her shirt?
 
Probably me...I should stop that, huh?
we One of my all-time favourites. I love RP because so many of my favourites are here
It's like finding your musical soulmate 
 TerryS wrote:
What is that crawling up her shirt?
 
Norwegian squirrels.
Sneaky things. 
What is that crawling up her shirt?
 gypsyman wrote:

I was just gonna ask - is this group near Bjork on the map?
  

Near on the map? Radio Eriwan would answer: Im Prinzip Ja
Björk is from Island, Röyksopp from Norway, approx. 1000 Miles distance, so it depends, what horizon you have/use.

Regards from Europe 
 
 fredriley wrote:
Bjork meets Depeche Mode - nice sound, good powerful voice. 7 from the Nottingham jury.
  that's a good call.


like this more each time i hear it. up from 6 to 7.
 fredriley wrote:
Bjork meets Depeche Mode - nice sound, good powerful voice. 7 from the Nottingham jury. So, how do you pronounce the band/singer name?
 
I was just gonna ask - is this group near Bjork on the map?
Yea!  I uploaded this a long time ago.  Forgot to look if it got accepted or not.  I guess I got my answer now : )
 MrBanshee wrote:

Probably because it's the same person singing.
 


You are right, I've just read the end of the post...
 krec wrote:
She has some Fever Ray voice 's frequencies...
 
Probably because it's the same person singing.
She has some Fever Ray voice 's frequencies...
She's a freak!
(I like that)
God i love this group.
for those who like electronic music:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u3njX4nSO5U

great remix-i even prefer it to the original...
Lush!  Gonna have to go home and blast this out super loud later.
I am not particularly a Royksopp fan but this is one of my favourite songs of all time!
Indeed, their Junior is amazing, incredible companion for a long solo rides. The world around becomes empty and so unimportant, it starts spinning around you.
 Blackdalhia wrote:
all their 4 albums are excellent, with a preference for "Junior" which contains fantastic tracks !!! (Royksopp forever, Vision one, happy
  up there...)
 
 


all their 4 albums are excellent, with a preference for "Junior" which contains fantastic tracks !!! (Royksopp forever, Vision one, happy
  up there...)
 
 rmmartins wrote:

I'm sorry, I can't resist... I just hate when someone says "this meets that". Not only for music, but anything. Don't mean to be rude, but I'm probably being already! When Bjork meets Depeche Mode they'll probably just say Hi, what's up? and shake hands. This music is something else.
 

It is a bit more in depth than as you have placed it. In a matter of music it is a reference as if what if. What if Lennon never met McCartney. What if Gilmour never met Waters. What if Frey never met Henley. What if Bjork met the creative one of Depeche Mode.
  This "perhaps" is what it would have sounded like. Some of us music lovers, at times just thinking of our own interest, hang on to the thought of "what if ". Since today is John Lennon's birthday, some wonder "what if".
 fredriley wrote:
Bjork meets Depeche Mode - nice sound, good powerful voice. 7 from the Nottingham jury. So, how do you pronounce the band/singer name?
 
The singer is a guest vocalist named Karin Dreijer Andersson (AKA Fever Ray).  Sorry I can't help you with the pronunciations. :)

Yep, that's Karin. {#Sunny}
 horstman wrote:
She does remind me of Bjork. And Depress Mode. Combination? Why not.{#Ass}
 
Throw in a bit of Deer Hoof to that mix.

 rmmartins wrote:

I'm sorry, I can't resist... I just hate when someone says "this meets that". Not only for music, but anything. Don't mean to be rude, but I'm probably being already! When Bjork meets Depeche Mode they'll probably just say Hi, what's up? and shake hands. This music is something else.
 
Don't take things too literal, @ssh*le!

How's that for being rude?

She does remind me of Bjork. And Depress Mode. Combination? Why not.{#Ass}

Found Royksopp (& Karin) on the director of this video's Vimeo site.  Beautiful video. While I really enjoy Royksopp, I've found that it was Karin's haunting, evocative, siren-song that's been leading my boat into adventurous waters.  When I Grow Up from the Fever Ray album is a great tune & video to check out as well.

They have another Killer video for "Happy Up Here"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KmcPeuf5aXo 
I swear RP has been raiding my music collection. {#Smile}
 FariaFride wrote:
Clap........Clap.......Clap.......Clap.....
 
That's gotta be the first time I've seen a "slow clap" comment for a song. Nice.

Ooohhh! I love this song! Thanks RP {#Smile}


 fredriley wrote:
Bjork meets Depeche Mode - nice sound, good powerful voice. 7 from the Nottingham jury. So, how do you pronounce the band/singer name?
 
I'm sorry, I can't resist... I just hate when someone says "this meets that". Not only for music, but anything. Don't mean to be rude, but I'm probably being already! When Bjork meets Depeche Mode they'll probably just say Hi, what's up? and shake hands. This music is something else.
Clap........Clap.......Clap.......Clap.....
 jim1964 wrote:
I like it, I thought it was Fever Ray at first.
 
Probably because it's the same singer.  Pretty unmistakable voice...

Sounds like amateur hour.
 jim1964 wrote:
I like it, I thought it was Fever Ray at first.
 


I like it, I thought it was Fever Ray at first.
Kewl—in an out there Nordic other planetary just visitng this planet sort of way.
Bjork meets Depeche Mode - nice sound, good powerful voice. 7 from the Nottingham jury. So, how do you pronounce the band/singer name?
Great great to hear this stuff in such a good handover from Snow Patrol! More electronica on RP!
 bigtwistee wrote:

Cyndi Lauper meets Yoko Ono

 
jagdriver wrote:
With Björk on three-part harmony.
 
Great distillation guys!
OMG MAKE IT STOP!
 justin4kick wrote:

Thank you for sharing. In my opinion the video perfectly matches the song. Parts of it are quite similar to the gloomy film that already played in my head while hearing this song.
 
I agree - the video reminded me of Fellini's film 8 1/2 during the opening few minutes where the man floats away.

Norwegian electronica dance music.

We'll I'll be damned.


So wonderfully unique.  A must have
Boston_Ed wrote:
Royksopp's video for this song is excellent. Don't quite get how it relates to the song but still love the visuals. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WOt15JsLloU


Thank you for sharing. In my opinion the video perfectly matches the song. Parts of it are quite similar to the gloomy film that already played in my head while hearing this song.


 bigtwistee wrote:
Cyndi Lauper meets Yoko Ono
 
With Björk on three-part harmony.

I really like this.
I couldn't agree more!

 
UltraNurd wrote:
Ooo, this fits really well with that new Snow Patrol song.
 


Ooo, this fits really well with that new Snow Patrol song.
 Boston_Ed wrote:
Royksopp's video for this song is excellent. Don't quite get how it relates to the song but still love the visuals. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WOt15JsLloU

 
Brilllllliant video too. :)

Odyzzeuz wrote:
Wow, had to look up and make sure I was listening to RP. Like three songs in a row that haven't been played a gazillion times. At this point, I'm starting to love anything new and different on this station.
My thoughts exactly! :clap:
Wow, had to look up and make sure I was listening to RP. Like three songs in a row that haven't been played a gazillion times. At this point, I'm starting to love anything new and different on this station.
One of my fav. Röyksopp-Songs. Very Special.
Sucko Barf
Royksopp's video for this song is excellent. Don't quite get how it relates to the song but still love the visuals. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WOt15JsLloU
nice track ... as always a broad range of styles for people to enjoy and experience.
Oh wow, I want Bill to be the dance DJ at my next rave.
:stop:
Cyndi Lauper meets Yoko Ono
So I guess I came in on the "no instruments, no vocal abilities " set. Oh well. It's like the weather, it'll change.
solid 9.....outstanding indeed !! good musical arrangement, interesting yet enigmatic lyrics... https://www.songmeanings.net/lyric.php?lid=3530822107858552351
UltraNurd wrote:
Loving the electronica set, Bill! Great to hear the variety mixed in, as always!
+1
rtrudeau wrote:
Whew. This is a relief. Not great but so much better than the last two unlistenable songs. This one may actually grow on me.
I agree. Although I do appreciate the effort at expanding the playlist.