Some of my favorite videos as of April 2010.

Some of them are new finds like Fever Ray and The Knife, both courtesy recommendations from Carlita but related with Royksopp in that they all share the same singer which participates in different projects. The music is great, original and modern and the videos are just phenomenal. Coming from the fact I like Chris Cunningham, Spike Jonze  and Michel Gondry this other directors are as good and creative, yep creative that is the word to describe some all of this videos.

The List:

Royksopp – Remind me
Royksopp – What else is there
Aphex Twin ft Chris Cunningham – Windowlicker
Pass This On – The Knive
Fever Ray – When I Grow Up

Royksopp – Remind me


Röyksopp (sometimes misspelt as ‘Royksopp’ or ‘Røyksopp’) are an electronic music duo based in Bergen, Norway composed of Torbjørn Brundtland and Svein Berge. The group formed officially in 1998 and released their debut album Melody A.M. in 2001.

Despite the fact that Brundtland and Berge were schoolmates in their hometown of Tromsø and experimented with electronic instruments in the early 90’s, Röyksopp only appeared years later when they met again in Bergen. In the city was a vital scene for underground electronic music at this time, and the band worked with other Norwegian musicians such as Frost, Kings of Convenience, Those Norwegians and Drum Island in what was called the Bergen Wave. Their first singles were released by local independent label Tellé, and their album Melody A.M. on British label Wall of Sound. It spawned singles like “Eple”, “Poor Leno”, “Remind Me” and “Sparks”.

Their new album The Understanding was released on 12th July 2005, preceded by the single “Only This Moment” on 27th June, 2005. The video “Only This Moment” is closely based on the events of the Paris 1968 riots and elements of propaganda are found throughout the video clip. The album’s second single, “49 Percent,” was released on 26th September, 2005.

Royksopp – What else is there

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

Road’s end getting nearer
We cover distance but not together
I am the storm, I am the wonder
And the flashlights … nigthmares
… 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
What else is there?
Roadend`s getting nearer
We cover the distance
not together

if I am the storm
if I am the wonder
…will I have flashlights, nightmares and sudden explosions ?

There is 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

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“What Else Is There?” is the third single from the Norwegian duo Röyksopp’s second album The Understanding.
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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.
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The video features
model Marianne Schröder(Norway)
with a cameo by Karin Dreijer Andersson.
In the video it is SCHRÖDER who is depicted
to be performing the song, not Dreijer
(short apperance with an apple).
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The music video was directed by Martin de Thurah, the CADS Music Vision Award winner for the best new Director.
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The song is also featured in the movie Meet Bill, where the likes of Jessica Alba and Aaron Eckhart smoke marijuana while listening to it.
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The single was officially released on December 5, 2005 in U.K. The single was a limited release on November 21, 2005 in order 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 Stuart Price, better known as the Thin White Duke.
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røyksopp is an own group in the mushroom family.
This Vid : if it’s translated werry black on white
it would apear as smoking mushrooms,
if you step on one of theese mushroom
a yellow/green cloud of spores comes out
(Thx2 LiaLiaLiaGarm)

Aphex Twin ft Chris Cunningham – Windowlicker
http://vimeo.com/13795801

Pass This On – The Knive

The Knife is an electronic indie duo from Sweden formed in 1999. The band consists of the siblings Karin Dreijer Andersson and Olof Dreijer, who also run their own record company, Rabid Records. One of the group’s distinguishing characteristics is their unwillingness to cooperate with the media or the mainstream music scene. The group rarely makes public appearances, most of their promotional photos feature the members wearing masks, and until recently, they outright refused to perform live concerts.

The Knife won a Grammis award as best pop group of the year 2003, but they boycotted the ceremony by sending two representatives of another artist group dressed as gorillas with the number 50 written on their costumes. They did this as a protest against male dominance within the music industry. Their album Deep Cuts was also nominated for a Grammis as the best record of the year 2003, although that award went to The Cardigans. The group gained greater notoriety in late 2005 when José González covered “Heartbeats” on his 2003 album, Veneer. The song was then used for Sony’s Color Like No Other BRAVIA commercial and was released as a single in early 2006. The snowboarding video “After Lame” also featured their track “Heartbeats”.

Fever Ray – When I Grow Up