Rostam has been on a tear recently, releasing a number of tracks to be featured on his upcoming solo LP Changephobia including ‘4Runner’, ‘These Kids We Knew’, and the title track. Before he releases the album proper, we’re getting one more look at its contents with ‘From The Back Of A Cab’.
“‘From the Back of a Cab’ is probably my favourite song that I’ve written,” the artist says. “It started with the 12/8 drums — something you find in Persian music and African music. I built the song around those drums over time, writing the piano part in my living room, the melodies and lyrics on foot walking in New York and Tokyo, on California’s highways, and on the flights and car trips between all those places.”
The trippy and synthetic beats are typical of the kind of production Rostam has embraced on the other Changephobia tracks released so far. At the centre remains his delicate and soothing voice, which could probably announce the imminent heat death of the universe and still sounds relaxing.
The new song comes packaged with a new video that finds Rostam, fittingly, in the back of a certain mode of transportation (no spoilers! Watch it to find out for yourself.)
The video also features a litany of Rostam’s former and frequent collaborators. It basically amounts to a giant flex from Rostam, as if to say “Look at all the awesome people who I’ve worked with. Aren’t you jealous?” And you know what? Yes, yes I am, Rostam. I Like Haim! I like Remi Wolf! I like at least 60 per cent of the stuff that Ariel Rechtshaid has produced! Now stop teasing us and give us an Ezra Koenig cameo. I just want to know that you guys are still friends.
Changephobia will be Rostam’s second solo release after 2017’s Half-Light One of the busiest and most sought after producers in the business, a few artists who he’s worked with (that don’t appear in the ‘From The Back Of A Cab’ video) include Frank Ocean, Clairo, Declan McKenna, and Lykke Li.
Check out the video for ‘From The Back Of A Cab’ down below. Changephobia is set for a June 4th release.