The situation It's a Friday evening and I'm at re:public in South Lake Union sharing plates of pork belly and pommes frites with 26-year-old singer/songwriter Alessandra Rose. She sports bright-red lipstick and a number of tattoos--the date her husband proposed on her wrist; "I ? MY SISTER" in a large font on her forearm ("We're best friends," she says); "thank you" in lowercase letters on the nape of her neck. "I'm thankful for myself. I'm thankful for the water molecules that keep me alive," she says of that one. "And then I have a secret love tattoo on my butt for my other best friend."
How She Got Here Rose had long been a Seattle resident, but she and her husband--who celebrated their first anniversary last week--just moved down to Portland for a job opportunity he couldn't pass up. "I did make a little sacrifice," says Rose, who quit her job in March and now does music full-time. "I don't want people to get the wrong idea, that I didn't like this place!"Shop Talk Despite the move, Rose has still been spending a lot of time in Seattle working on the recording and release of her first solo album, You Are Gold, a collection of nine stately folk-pop songs. The record-release show at the Tractor will be only her second show with her current backing band; the first, at the Triple Door in April, sold out. You Are Gold is the first work Rose has put out since the dissolution two years ago of her band The Kindness Kind--something she speaks about briskly, in a manner that indicates she's moved on. "When you let go of toxic," she says, "good will come in your life. And I let go of toxic and dwelled in myself and in my heart."
BTW: Rose has a particular approach to alone time: She and her husband are enthusiasts of sensory-deprivation tanks, floating in body-temperature water loaded with 850 pounds of Epsom salt. The shortest amount of time she's done is 45 minutes, the longest three and a half hours. "That really helps, letting everything go," she says. "Literally nothing can get to you, for, like, seven days after."
Rose says she wrote the empathy anthem "The Good It Goes Around" after floating. "My friends call it my woo-woo song!"
Alessandra Rose plays the Tractor Tavern with Smokey Bright and Jason Dodson this Saturday, September 8. The show starts at 9:30 p.m. and there is a $10 cover.