Rostam has announced a new album. It’s called Changephobia and it arrives on June 4 on his label Matsor Projects (via Secretly Distribution). He’s also shared a new song called ‘4Runner’. Check it out below, and scroll down for the album’s cover artwork and tracklist.
The 11-track LP was written and produced by Rostam over the course of a three-year period, while he was also working on Clairo’s Immunity and HAIM’s Women in Music Pt. III. Rostam said in a statement about the album:
A few years ago I met a stranger on a park bench, somehow I found myself opening up to him; revealing recent changes in my life that had altered its course, and he said, “Change is good. Go with it.” I realized that I had never heard that sentiment expressed before.
Transphobia, biphobia, homophobia — these words hold a weight of threat, and it occurred to me that the threats they bare— the fears they describe— are rooted in a fear of change: a fear of the unknown, of a future that is not yet familiar, one in which there is a change of traditions, definitions, and distributions of power.
So gender, too, was on my mind while creating this album, as I came to find myself writing about love and connection but not wanting to place relationships in a gendered context.
This collection of songs is not celebrating a fear of change. Rather, it’s the opposite. It’s about who we are capable of becoming if we recognize these fears in ourselves and rise above them.
The new album follows Rostam’s 2017 solo debut, Half-Light. Previously, he shared the singles ‘These Kids We Knew’ and ‘Unfold You’.
Changephobia Cover Artwork:
1. These Kids We Knew
2. From the Back of a Cab
3. Unfold You
9. To Communicate
10. Next Thing