Wednesday, August 30, 2023

Daneshevskaya - "Big Bird"

Photo by Marcus Maddox

Daneshevskaya is the musical project of Brooklyn-based preschool social worker Anna Beckerman. Her latest single, "Big Bird," is going to appeal to fans of artists in the boygenius camp, except "Big Bird" is somehow both more folky and grungy than they typically get. In a two and a half minute span, the song switches tempos and styles, from a beautiful, otherworldly, folk adjacent style song, to a neo-grunge style, and to a more pop-ish track. The song feels like it should be roughly seven minutes long considering how much is packed into it, so our only complaint is wanting more. 

Anna Beckerman says of her new single:

 “I wrote ‘Big Bird’ on GarageBand on my phone. It automatically loops when you use it on your phone so the song ended up being a loop. When I showed the demo to Artur, Ruben, and Hayden, I said we could turn it into a full song but they were into the loop. The lyrics are about when a big bird swoops down and everyone in the area stops to look at it together. I like moments like that where everyone is childlike and curious.”

You can watch the video for "Big Bird" below. Long Is the Tunnel is due out November 10 on Winspear, and is available for pre-order here. For more on Daneshevskaya, check out the artist on Instagram and Twitter. Upcoming tour dates are below the video.

Tue. Aug. 29 - San Francisco, CA @ Regency Ballroom *Sat. Sept 02 - Los Angeles, CA @ Lodge Room *Tue. Sep. 05 - Las Vegas, NV @ The Portal *Wed. Sep. 06 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Soundwell *Fri. Sep. 08 - Denver, CO @ Meow Wolf *Sun. Sep. 10 - Lawrence, KS @ The Granada *Mon. Sep. 11 - Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue *Wed. Sep. 13 - Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall *Thu. Sep. 14 - Detroit, MI @ MOCAD *Fri. Sep. 15 - Toronto, ON @ The Concert Hall *Sat. Sep. 16 - Montreal, QC @ le National *Sun. Sep. 17 - Boston, MA @ The Sinclair (matinee) *Sun. Sep. 17 - Boston, MA @ The Sinclair (evening)*Tue. Sep. 19 - Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church Sanctuary *Wed. Sep. 20 - Washington, DC @ Howard Theatre *Thu. Sep. 21 - Queens, NY @ Knockdown Center * * w/ Black Country, New Road

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