In a stunning lead-up to his first solo album since 2017’s Half-Light, Rostam has released the title track for his forthcoming album Changephobia. The singer/songwriter, best known as a founding member of seminal indie-pop band Vampire Weekend, and producer for the likes of HAIM and Clairo, wrestles with fear and struggle as part of a larger story of adapting to change.
The single marks a striking change from past records, trading the whimsical pop-rock sound for lo-fi jazz elements that speak to the record’s experimental nature, with a saxophone solo provided by Henry Solomon. The album, due out June 4 on Matsor Projects/Secretly Distribution, features elements of psych-rock, synth-pop and blues elements as a cool companion to an uncertain summer.
In a statement reflecting on the process of writing “Changephobia,” Rostam explains:
One day I sat down with an acoustic guitar, feeling close to giving up on the song altogether: all of a sudden a new melody, a new feeling, and new words came out of me and I felt like I could be honest with myself about what I wanted to say. The song “Changephobia” is partly about something we can all be guilty of, avoiding our own feelings. I think of it as a reminder not to.
Listen to “Changephobia” below, along with Vampire Weekend’s 2007 Daytrotter session, and see the details of Changephobia further down. You can preorder the album here.
01. These Kids We Knew
02. From the Back of a Cab
03. Unfold You
09. To Communicate
10. Next Thing
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