Label: Matsor Project Rostam Batmanglij first introduced the world to his post-Vampire Weekend solo work with 2017's Half-Light, a record that combined his former band’s signature baroque pop sound with intricate new arrangements. It mined new sonic territory for Batmanglij, allowing him to explore influences from his Middle Eastern roots. Since then, Batmanglij’s continued to make a name for himself as a sought-out indie and pop producer, working with Clairo and HAIM. His latest record, Changephobia, feels like a re-introduction to what he’s capable of in his own music. While Half-Light feels more apt to be listened to under twinkling stars, Changephobia is a fitting record for sunny summer days, leaning into a stripped-down sound that combines pop with jazz. Batmanglij has explained that the album title and concept came to him after meeting a man on a park bench who advised the musician that “Change is good, go with it.” Changephobia thrives in its uncomfortable yet relatable theme about not knowing all the answers and being afraid to mess things up.