For this week's featured listens segment we came upon an interesting tool for discovering new Myrtle Beach music through Reverbnation, a band management site that has quickly become one of the most popular ways for independent acts to share their music.
We've often come across acts on the platform either in conjuction with or instead of Myspace, due to the tools it offers for artists, managers, venues, etc., but what caught our attention this time around was the site's ability to provide a playlist of artists within a certain proximity to a certain town. Starting fairly small, and targeting Myrtle Beach Music from bands within a 10-mile radius, here's a few things we found worth checking out:
Bernie Kenerson "Chill Pill"
Having had the pleasure of meeting Bernie a few months ago for a story, it's easy to notice that he is one of the most interesting artists Myrtle Beach has to offer. Making his living perfecting the sound of his EWI (Electornic Wind Instrument), the guy plays all over town and with bands of all sorts including a traditional Dixieland band (Dawgs of Dixie) and progressive electronic/drum & bass group (Science Factory).
But regardless where you hear him, the sounds he puts forth are both unique and accessible. On his solo work, from which "Chill Pill" comes, the smooth jazz sounds are complimented by an electronic edge for a sound that is both new and old and can appeal to lots of different fans. If you like what you hear check him out here or if you're in the mood for something a little more upbeat check out Science Factory or the Dawgs of Dixie.
Salvdor "Time For Me"
This 25-year-old was born and raised in the D.C. area, but currently calls Conway home. On his page, the rapper doesn't offer much of a bio, but simply pleads that you listen to his music if you want to know about who he is. And judging by the 150+ tracks he's posted for your listening pleasure, we're guessing he's a guy with alot to say, or at least someone who likes to keep busy.
Seriously though, listening through his "On Deaf Ears" mixtape, his rhymes come through suprisingly on point. There's definitely a grit and a swagger to his music, but his lyrics are much more introspective and insightful than alot of the cats out there rapping about money and women. His street sensibilities from his time in the city are evident, but he carries a charisma and a delivery that at times contains elements Eminem and E-40.
There's a lot there to digest so we'll have to take a few more listens before making a final decision on what he's all about, but it seems there's much more than meets the eye with this guy.
Alright, it's normally not good to suggest something without an information to back it up, but there was literally zero info on this artists page or myspace. However, the moody, ambient sounds she (we're assuming it's one female?) is putting out is something not often seen among the cover bands and laid back acoustics Myrtle Beach has grown accustomed to.
Tracks range from brooding and downtempo (Oblivion, Acclimation) to frenetically noisy (Lust Remix, Restless) collaborations with the appropriately-named DJ Migraine. I'm not sure if there's a hidden community of IDM and noise nuts around town, but if this is your thing, Amphitrite might be perfect for you.