What Else Is There?

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"What Else Is There?"
Single by Röyksopp feat Karin Dreijer Andersson
from the album The Understanding
Released 21 November 2005
Format CD
Recorded 2004
Genre Electronica, trip hop
Length 5:17
Label Astralwerks 11352
Röyksopp feat Karin Dreijer Andersson singles chronology
"49 Percent
(2005)
"What Else Is There?"
(2005)
"Beautiful Day Without You
(2006)
Music video
"What Else Is There?" on YouTube

"What Else Is There?" is the third single from the Norwegian duo Röyksopp's second album The Understanding. It features the vocals of Karin Dreijer Andersson from the electronica duo The Knife. The album was released in the UK with the help of Astralwerks.

The single was used in an O2 television advertisement in the Czech Republic[1] and in Slovakia[2] during 2008. It was also used in the 2006 film Cashback and the 2007 film, Meet Bill. Trentemøller's remix of "What Else is There" was featured in an episode of the popular HBO TV show Entourage.

The song was listed as the 375th best song of the 2000s by Pitchfork Media.[3]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "What Else Is There? (Radio Edit)" – 03:38
  2. "What Else Is There? (Thin White Duke Remix)" – 08:25
  3. "What Else Is There? (Vitalic Remix)" – 05:14
  4. "What Else Is There? (The Emperor Machine Vocal Version)" – 08:03
  5. "What Else Is There? (Trentemøller Remix)" – 07:42
  6. "What Else Is There? (Jacques Lu Cont Radio Mix)" – 03:46
  7. "What Else Is There? (The Emperor Machine Dub Version)" – 07:51
  8. "Alpha Male (Live From Roskilde)" – 08:11

Response[edit]

The single was officially released on 5 December 2005 in the UK. The single had a limited release on 21 November 2005 to promote the upcoming album. On the UK Singles Chart, it placed at #32 and reached #1 on the British Dance Chart. "What Else Is There?" also spawned noted remixes from Vitalic, Trentemøller and Thin White Duke a.k.a. Stuart Price.

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by Martin de Thurah, the CADS Music Vision Award winner for the best new Director. The video features model Marianne Schröder, she is shown lip-syncing Dreijer's voice. Schröder is depicted as a floating woman traveling across stormy landscapes and within empty houses. Dreijer makes a cameo appearance as a woman wearing an Elizabethan ruff while dining alone at a festive table.

Movie spots[edit]

The song is also featured in the movie Meet Bill as characters played by Jessica Alba and Aaron Eckhart smoke marijuana while listening to it. It is also part of the end credits music of the film Cashback.

Chart positions[edit]

Year Chart Position
2005 UK Dance Chart 1
2005 UK Singles Chart 32
2006 Norwegian Singles Chart VG Top 20 [4] 4

Cover versions[edit]

The British electronic musician LorD and Master released a cover of "What Else Is There?" for his 2011 covers album, Discover. [5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Vyberte si (O2 Ad Choice)". YouTube. 2007-07-24. Retrieved 2012-03-14. 
  2. ^ [1][dead link]
  3. ^ "Staff Lists: The Top 500 Tracks of the 2000s: 500-201 | Features". Pitchfork. 2009-08-17. Retrieved 2012-03-14. 
  4. ^ "VG-lista - Röyksopp". Lista.vg.no. Retrieved 2012-03-14. 
  5. ^ LorD and Master's Discover album.