Tampa’s Ella Jet Vessenmeyer exorcises some pain and dysfunction on Black Wave Diary

Creative Loafing Tampa’s Music Issue 2018 checks in with a 20-year-old scene vet.

click to enlarge Ella Jet Vessenmeyer. - Marlo Miller c/o Gasparilla Music Festival
Marlo Miller c/o Gasparilla Music Festival
Ella Jet Vessenmeyer.

Ella Jet once sang this dark chorus to a Rock The Park Tampa audience out for a nice Thursday evening by the river: “Are you dead, are you dead, or are you just sleeping? Are you dead, are you dead? Did you drink too much this evening?” The song — “Dreamer (Are U Dead)” — was delivered without pretense or any air of that gimmick where songwriters feign an obsession with the macabre to grab attention.

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Jet, now 20 years old, has been pushing the limits of the “singer-songwriter” tag ever since, and her band Future Soul — which features the extremely talented Levi Foe on bass helping create a sound that teeters towards neo-soul — is set to release a debut album, Black Wave Diary, sometime this year. The groove-centric cuts — which deal with teenage pain, addiction, abandonment and family dysfunction — are raw, very personal, fragile and intense, according to Jet, and find the band refusing to be boxed in by musical or societal standards.

Next show: Perpetual Groove Acoustic Trio w/Ella Jet & Future Soul. Sun. Aug 5. 5 p.m. $12-$15. Crowbar, 1812 N. 17th St., Ybor City. facebook.com/ellajetmusic.

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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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