Tampa songwriter Ella Jet arrived in a big way with Black Wave Diary

Best local albums of 2018.

click to enlarge Ella Jet & Future Soul playing Dunedin Brewery in Dunedin, Florida on September 14, 2018. - Marlo Miller
Marlo Miller
Ella Jet & Future Soul playing Dunedin Brewery in Dunedin, Florida on September 14, 2018.


Ella Jet: Black Wave Diary It’s hard to find a 2018 Bay area pop release that had more of an arresting, heartbreaking effect on listeners than this five-song release from 21-year-old songwriter Ella Vet Vessenmeyer. CL has wrote, at length, about the pain on “Dreamer,” but the lyrical and melodic approach Vessenmeyer employs during a walk around strings and lonely piano of “Be Someone” (sample lyric: “I’d have cried on my mom if I’d met her”) is usually heard on records composed by songwriters at least twice her age.

Scroll through a slideshow of 2018's best Tampa Bay music releases or see and sample all of them here. Call your local record store to see if it is carrying the release.

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Ray Roa

Read his 2016 intro letter and disclosures from 2022 and 2021. Ray Roa started freelancing for Creative Loafing Tampa in January 2011 and was hired as music editor in August 2016. He became Editor-In-Chief in August 2019. Past work can be seen at Suburban Apologist, Tampa Bay Times, Consequence of Sound and The...
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