Daneshevskaya’s “Big Bird” offers up a rare sighting

Listen to a preview of the NYC songwriter’s upcoming EP, Long Is The Tunnel.

August 29, 2023
Daneshevskaya’s “Big Bird” offers up a rare sighting Daneshevskaya. Photo by Marcus Maddox  

Last time we heard from Daneshevskaya a couple of years ago she was preparing to release her Bury Your Horses EP by sharing a song partly inspired by the Paranormal Activity horror franchise. Today Anna Beckerman returns with a new song and details of her follow-up EP.


Long Is The Tunnel is due out on November 10 and features "Big Bird," a song co-produced by Ruben Radlauer of Model/Actriz alongside Hayden Ticehurst and Artur Szerejko. "Big Bird" is crunchy and quaint in equal measure, with Beckerman singing about the sighting of the large winged creature in incomplete sentences that hint at trouble elsewhere. There are multiple lines she doesn't quite finish ("I can’t tell a dove from a...," "A rain cloud without a..."), seemingly acknowledging that sometimes there are no easy answers. It also opens her up return to "Big Bird"'s addictive chorus, looping it over and over.

Speaking to The FADER via email, Daneshevskaya explained that the song is "about a small moment where a bunch of people stop to look at a bird, but it’s also about how big things can seem when you’re in a smaller environment. Isabel Santos captured that in her animation, and Artur, Hayden and Ruben captured it in their production. Maddy Leshner played keys on this song and always knows how to create a world with her playing. It was a small idea when I brought it to them, but they were able to make it feel really big and immediate.”


Daneshevskaya joins Black Country, New Road on tour across North America starting tonight (August 29) in San Francisco. Scroll down to see all of her upcoming dates.

Daneshevskaya tour dates

August 29 - San Francisco, CA - Regency Ballroom
September 2 - Los Angeles, CA - Lodge Room
September 5 - Las Vegas, NV - The Portal
September 6 - Salt Lake City, UT - Soundwell
September 8 - Denver, CO - Meow Wolf
September 10 - Lawrence, KS - The Granada
September 11 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
September 13 - Chicago, IL - Thalia Hall
September 14 - Detroit, MI - MOCAD
September 15 - Toronto, ON - The Concert Hall
September 16 - Montreal, QC - le National
September 17 - Boston, MA - The Sinclair (matinee)
September 17 - Boston, MA - The Sinclair (evening)
September 19 - Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church Sanctuary
September 20 - Washington, DC - Howard Theatre
September 21 - Queens, NY - Knockdown Center

*All dates with Black Country, New Road

Daneshevskaya’s “Big Bird” offers up a rare sighting