Review : Mackenzie James Cregan – Woman From The East

The woman from the east is a mysterious beast indeed.  Mackenzie James Cregan, hes crooning about this unknowable woman, a woman from the east. Shes permeated into his head and left her clear mark on this man right here.

Its a fascinating song, singing unabashedly that the girl this man has picked up has no room in my bed. Its a bold statement to make, turning away a woman from your door, telling her to take her plastic purse with her.  


The crooning and unusual and delicate licks of foreign influence are an interesting contrast, rolling jazzy brass, and unusual strings in alongside a very classic western sound.

Theres a feeling of being lost in translation, this man has found a woman that he cant shake the thought of and she disappeared into the night without even a name.  The song is a familiar feeling for anyone whos had a passing encounter with someone so incredible, someone who you can never know because its never meant to be.

But thats the beauty of the song, its relatable in an odd kind of way because of this fascination that seems to border on obsession in some ways. And thats where the music and the message collide perfectly, the woman is unknowable, and the music is hard to nail down. Pulling in all these other flavours of music makes the track itself unknowable. You cant put your finger on it.

So you sit listening to a clever track that blends genres right down to the instruments and style, incorporating classical, electronic, folk and other styles from the entire Eurasian plain. Its genius in its composition fitting so well with its lyrical content.

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