“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 Charli XCX, Carly Rae Jepsen, Maggie Rogers, Clairo, Frank Ocean, Solange, and his most frequent collaborators, the Los Angeles band HAIM. And it is in these changes that the title of the record makes sense: he went through a lot, he transformed himself and in his new album he sees that change is something fundamental for human beings, even if in practice, do not practice this in its entirety.
Although Changephobia shows the American singer experimenting and making new mixes, it is still, for the most part, messy, lost, and trapped both in Rostam’s past and in some ideas that are anything but concrete. Over the 11 new tracks, he plays with rock, pop, alternative, jazz, and even tries to insert some elements of regional music. But in the end, the point is not even that it doesn’t work but rather that everything seems so momentary and just a set of precocious, tenuous, fragile ideas that the singer can’t take full advantage of. Of course, there are some good moments but most of the album sounds shallow and rickety. In other words, the album definitely sees the potential of changes but it’s also proof that not every change is good.
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