Tuesday, February 19, 2019

The Rembrandts are back

Blue Elan Records
The Rembrandts—the pop-rock duo of multi-instrumentalists and songwriters Phil Solem and Danny Wilde, have signed a new record deal with Blue Élan Records and are set to release their new studio album, Via Satellite, on Aug. 23. Before the album hits, the duo will preview the new songs at this year’s SXSW Festival in Austin – on March 15 at Lambert’s BBQ.

Via Satellite is The Rembrandts first studio album in 18 years. In the years between Lost Together and Via Satellite, both Solem and Wilde have remained busy working musicians. The former, who moved from Minneapolis to Nashville in recent years, has written for and produced a variety of artists and done some commercial work. Wilde co-wrote several songs on the Gin Blossoms' 2018 album, Mixed Reality, and released an album with that band's Jesse Valenzuela, Prairie Wind.

"We are individuals, and we do have our own unique sounds, but it's the harmonies, the interweaving of the melodies, that really make the Rembrandts sound," says Wilde.

Many know The Rembrandts as the pop-rock duo who co-wrote “I’ll Be There For You” otherwise known as the “Friends Theme” song, which garnered a Grammy nomination, spent eight weeks at No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 Airplay chart, topped the charts in Canada and Scotland, and continues to find new audiences thanks to Friends reruns. But before that song, there were other Top 40 hits like "Just The Way It Is, Baby", "Johnny Have You Seen Her," "Someone," "Burning Timber" and "This House Is Not A Home.”

After going their separate ways in the late 1990s, the pair reunited for a proper Rembrandts album, 2001's Lost Together."We just got tired of not seeing each other, and we got together and made another record, which we had just a helluva good time doing," Solem says. "It was just like starting over. It was very au naturel.”

Track listing:

How Far Would You Go
Broken Toy
Me and Fat
Count on You
Traveling From Home
Come To Californ-i-ya
Off of the Edge
You’d Think I’d Know
On My Own

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