Rostam - Changephobia

Changephobia

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JacksonLerner
87
‘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.

rostam batmanglij - now known mononymously - was the leader of the iconoclastic group ... read more
marvelgaryen
70
'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
landlalt
61
The fear of change is called Metathesiophobia you idiot
Music_Nerds
60
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.
thamostonres
80
i love vampire weekend so therefore i like this, pretty simple
HeyLeo
54
“Changephobia” is a term that doesn’t exist. It’s basically the union of the words “change” and “phobia” that generates a term that references the fear of change. However, it makes a lot of sense to be the name of Rostam’s second album. Since he left the American rock-alternative band Vampire Weekend, in 2016, Rostam went through a lot of changes. He played several instruments and worked with nowadays’ most promising artists, like ... read more
SonicDiscovery
80
I’m a big Vampire Weekend, so it was sad to hear when Rostam left the group to explore other projects, but in hindsight he’s been able to translate that into pretty good musical output and great production work for other artists. His newest release Changephobia follows the very solid Half-Light (2017) with a warmer effort that leans more into organic instrumentation that are set next to his digitized production choices. The African rhythms and tight harmonies of Paul Simon were ... read more
Greatr
55
Jazz, but add... bedroom pop? Percussion-heavy loops with soft echoing vocals, piano, and sax. Whatever it is, his voice sours the taste, most notably on From The Back of a Cab. It’s like a different, store brand take on Dirty Projectors’ self-titled album. I see what he wants to do, and all the pieces are there, but it simply doesn’t add up. Too much reverb, my guy! Oh yeah... it’s definitely the vocals.
ShoegazeJake
80
A pleasant and laid back album that radiates positive Rostam energy. WOOD GANG
TheCarioca
69
These Kids We Knew - 3/5
From the Back of a Cab - 3/5
Unfold You - 4/5
4Runner - 5/5 ❤
Changephobia - 3/5
Kinney - 3/5
Bio18 - 3/5
(interlude) - 3/5
To Communicate - 4/5
Next Thing - 3/5
Starlight - 4/5
euphoricnites
91
hmm i guess im in a weird minority cause i REALLY liked this in my first few listens
its weird cause i feel like he easily could've let some of his white pop girls sing these and they would've been critically acclaimed
StealthViper
30
uhhh guess ill just listen to bike dream again instead
NTTR
55
Rostam - Changephobia

Genre: Indie Pop
Country: US

Final Verdict: 55% (Pleasant Album)
Yearly Ranking: 596th / 731

Highlight: Unfold You

Made me think of:
Bug Red Machine
Tune-Yards
Lump
mckunamatata
86
seems i'm in the minority here but i think this is incredible ! my feeling with 'half-light' was that there was a great album in there bogged down with too much filler and 'changephobia' completely cuts the fat. the first half especially is back to back hits for me. we've seen his production soar with the clairo and HAIM albums and i love what he does with his own voice, it's very earnest and a little corny but he really knows how to write a hook !!! he's not much of a lyricist but in terms of ... read more
lukassantiago3
77
Rostam's new album is a sweet, calm and lovely package of slow jam songs.
kingsolomonf
75
Much like “Half-Light”, “Changephobia” is a largely enjoyable album weighed down by moments of trite singing and song writing. Rostam is an undeniable talent, especially as a producer, and this album is a nice document of said talent. No song here is bad, though a few (“Changephobia”, “To Communicate”, “Bio18”) feel more childish than they do inspiring. Electronic flourishes set the album apart from other guitar-centered projects, ... read more
thefinschise199
66
Rostam’s second solo album is much more trimmed down and focused then his debut. Hell, overall this is a better album. But outside of that, it’s still super average, and he’s yet to really find his niche in modern Indie Rock and Pop. You know what you’re getting here, great production, great vibes, that’s all gravy. But so many of these tracks still sound like tracks that Vampire Weekend rejected for good reason.


Give A Listen To: “These Kids We ... read more
Claytastic
67
Ironically, Rostam shows a decent amount of improvement on Changephobia. His induction of jazz into the bedroom pop canon is a strange one considering the former genre’s history of powerful vocals, but given how dreadful the latter has become, any kind of spice will make it better at this point. And it works! The sexy saxophone and piano passages in throughout the instrumentals actually compliment the breezy nature of the songs quite well, and it bends to some of the limit stretches done ... read more
PaulyZ
71
TRACK LIST:

These Kids We Knew (7.0)
From the Back of a Cab (7.6)
Unfold You (7.4)
4Runner (7.5)
Changephobia (7.3)
Kinney (7.2)
Bio18 (6.7)
(interlude) (7.0)
To Communicate (6.8)
Next Thing (7.2)
Starlight (7.3)
Vince_Braz
85
Rostam is as clever as ever on his latest LP. Such crisp and compelling production topped with Rostam's new & improved singing voice, singing appealing and instantly catchy melodies. A very immersive pop record from a brilliant artist that only seems to get better and better.

Even though Rostam has a specific framework in which he thrives, his music remains so diverse and distinctive that it's hard to put him in a bubble. Every track shows a new facet of production techniques, of tone, of ... read more
bluecape
69
Rostam - Changephobia
These Kids We Knew - 4
From The Back of a Cab - 5
Unfold You - 8
4Runner - 4
Changephobia - 10
Kinney - 10
Bio18 - 6
[interlude] - 6
To Communicate - 7
Next Thing - 9
Starlight - 7
BAZZREVIEWS
60
This is the second solo album from the former Vampire Weekend member, and one I had been waiting to dive into. I liked his 2017 debut, Half-Light, and was hoping this would yield a similar experience. To say I was expecting a bit more than what I got out of this is an understatement. When compared to its predecessor, Changephobia is weirdly directionless. As expected, the production is great, but this album comes off very much like it’s just eleven singles in a row. He’ll give us a ... read more
beatrizwho
80
#1 4Runner
#2 These Kids We Knew
#3 From the Back of a Cab
#4 Starlight
#5 Unfold You
#6 To Communicate
O top3 é perfeito. A voz do Rostam é daquelas que você colocaria na trilha sonora de um filme sobre sua vida.
RiskyAlternativ
60
The production itself is familiar because of the past songs produced by him like Clairo, Vampire Weekend, or HAIM… but unattractive so weirdly here
lrz_vargas
60
I enjoyed the album's production, but the songs didn't sound too appealing to me. Just basic, safe, not-captivating-enough indie music, that one can have fun listening to.
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