The single finds Rostam exploring the jazz influences found throughout Changephobia thanks to a sax solo by Henry Solomon, who previously appeared in the video for HAIM’s “Summer Girl” in 2019. A Wurlitzer closes out the song, representing a newfound resolve to move on from the fears keeping us stagnant.
Rostam explained how “Changephobia” came together in a statement, saying,
“‘Changephobia’ was one of the last songs I finished writing for this album. The chorus came to me sitting at the piano in my living room; I spent weeks picking up and putting down ideas for the verses. 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.”
“Changephobia” follows the previously released singles “4Runner”, “These Kids We Knew”, and “Unfold You”. Changephobia is the ex-Vampire Weekend member’s second studio album and marks his first full-length LP in four years, following 2017’s Half-Light.
The album is slated for release on June 4th via Matsor Projects/Secretly Distribution. Check out the artwork and tracklist here.