About Arih SK
Arih SK is an artist living and working in St. Catharines, Ontario. He has a knack for writing short, slightly upbeat songs with simple melodies about loss, nostalgia, family, and relationships. Creeping Senescence is SK’s second full-length album in two years. While Ready (his first album), released in 2020, explored endings and beginnings with a full measure of melancholy, the follow-up promises more heartache with a backbeat. The title, Creeping Senescence, comes from a fireside conversation between SK and his father, who was a biologist, and refers to the gradual deterioration of living things (being old or becoming old). Throughout the album, the pendulum shifts between acceptance and resistance, hope and despair. Recording in basements and garages, campers and vans, SK instills a little of the grit of life into his tracks. SK founded Band on a Couch and plays bass for Stereo Sunrise, Pablo Paddy, and Joel van Vliet. During the 9 to 5, SK is designing and inspecting bridges, and after dinner he takes his kids down to the park for a swing. Life creeps forward.
ABOUT THE SONG: “Go Yet”– out now
“The melody came to me in the shower. When this happens I have to keep singing it over and over until I can get out and record the idea. I had just become a father and then my dad got sick. We soon learned he would not be getting better. This song is a piece of the battle in my head. On the one side, I wasn’t ready at all. On the other side, I could see the acceptance that would eventually come. And somehow that made it even sadder for me to know that I would one day be okay with it. So this is me telling him not to go, saying out loud what I couldn’t say all that time.
I recorded “Go Yet” in my friend’s garage. The super talented Siegfried Meier (Beach Road Studios) drove down in his Sprinter van mobile studio (The Mix Bus) and set up so many microphones all over the place. I played guitar, Amanda Parker played bass, and Mark Hoerdt played drums. It was so nice to record my own songs with a band. We got into a groove and hit record. Then everyone cleared out and we turned all the lights off to record vocals. Even then, I still closed my eyes to find the right feeling.” – Arih SK
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