Rostam - Changephobia
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Based on 18 reviews
2021 Ratings: #384 / 530
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Based on 152 ratings
2021 Ratings: #484
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Changephobia might not necessarily win over skeptics, but it's the most coherent vision — lyrically and sonically — of Rostam as a solo artist so far.

Northern Transmissions

Changephobia feels fresh, spontaneous and is filled with a dizzying amount of layers, musically and lyrically.


Rostam's music didn't need much altering, but on Changephobia, it's more artful and heartfelt than ever.

The Line of Best Fit

Four years after his solo debut, Rostam has embraced change in his life, and discovered that at its best, it can help you grow and discover more of who you are.

Beats Per Minute

Every song on Changephobia sounds like it has an inch-thick layer of dust on it, but if you take a finger and smear that off, there’s a beautiful ice-cream paint-job below.


The producer and songwriter’s second solo album is a romantic exploration of uncertainty, a rush of momentum softened by his trademark sounds.

Slant Magazine

While Batmanglij has reduced the vast variety of sounds and distortion of his debut, the warmth of his vision remains.

Loud and Quiet

No two of Changephobia’s songs sound alike. Yet they are tied together by a melodic thread that inspires a change of pace that encourages us to pause and take stock of our lives and beliefs and relationships. It is in this that the album’s true strength lies.


The production wizard’s second album is his most compact work yet, which is alternately a boon and a crutch.

Spectrum Culture

Is Changephobia meant to be changephobic? Even if it is, it would have been more satisfying if that self-awareness translated to an album more willing to not play it safe.


Though there are delightful moments popping up every now and then, everything feels just a little too light and struggles to really take hold in your memory, it’s relentless insistence on skipping onto the next thing making everything feel just that bit too fleeting.


Whatever the flaws in some elements of ‘Changephobia’, Rostam can be proud of creating an album that showcases his talent as a producer and is truly unique.

‘changephobia’ is a surprisingly risky album by rostam. the dreaminess present throughout this project is so diminished it almost appears drab. ‘changephobia’ feels faded throughout. this airy, arid sound makes the album feel impressively desolate at many points.

a softer, and often times slower, version of rostam’s skilled production shows throughout his second solo record.

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'Changephobia' is a product of minimal experimentalism, driven by his own inspirational sounds Rostam took me to a place I kinda expected but in a very good sense. What I'm saying is that his production is somehow kinda predictable but that doesn't mean it's bad, just that the signature is remarkable and memorable enough. I always loved him as producer since he worked with several amazing artists like Carly Rae Jepsen, Charli XCX, Vampire Weekend.... Yet this album lacks some sort of refinement ... read more
The fear of change is called Metathesiophobia you idiot
Although a little sporadic this is textured in a really nice way that’s pleasing to the ears and holds my interest. Despite the obvious production values displayed on this 4-track I can not get onboard with the vocals enough overall to enjoy this fully.
i love vampire weekend so therefore i like this, pretty simple
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Added on: March 2, 2021