“Collapse,” the first video from Christian Singles’ Maybe Another Time LP, begins with Rob I. Miller performing on the screen of a television in a wood panelled den. He’s alone on the screen: also a member of Oakland-based band Blues Lawyer and formerly of Mall Walk, Christian Singles is Miller’s solo project, so it seems fitting to see him strumming there, disembodied hand hitting the snare behind him.
Miller escapes the TV, driving a cardboard sedan to an auto graveyard of real-deal machines. It’s an interesting juxtaposition of images: childlike cardboard car with cartoons outside the window, passing through overlays of flowers and a ticking clock, ending with the reality of vehicles likely never to hit the streets again. “Broken beyond repair.”
Released earlier this month, Maybe Another Time provides a cohesive home for “Collapse” and the other eight tracks on the album. It’s an album that drifts genres here and there; “Collapse” has an echo of a low-key new wave vibe, while other tracks are more straight-ahead acoustic singer-songwriter pieces. It’s all brought together by the vocals. Miller’s voice is weary; he’s unearthing and examining thoughts he’d seemingly like to put aside for another time.
It’s a weariness most of us can sympathise with. Maybe Another Time was recorded as the pandemic hit the States, adding to the breathless chaos of four years of watching our world dismantled a bit more each day.
As it happens, though, the lyrics to “Collapse” and the rest of Maybe Another Time unpack and shake loose Miller’s complex personal feelings about family and mortality following news that his father’s cancer had returned. As Miller grapples with his own emotions, we, as listeners, grapple with ours. “Collapse” confronts the question none of us are quite ready to ask: “Can you shake the collapse of your youth?”
Maybe Another Time is available from Mt.St.Mtn now and we are delighted to premiere the video for “Collapse” below.