Incorporating The Music Fix
5th February 2013 06:00:00
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Tom Morgan - Orange Syringe

If the name Tom Morgan rings a bell at all, it will probably be due to tunes like 'It's A Shame About Ray' that he wrote for The Lemonheads or his time in Australian indie rockers Smudge. Orange Syringe is his first proper solo effort, showcasing a low-key, sometimes countrified sound alongside Morgan's unassuming vocals.

Those looking for echoes of past glories will enjoy the more up-tempo tracks like 'Taste For Blood' and 'Fatherland' ("Who would want to live in a trailer park? / Spend their summers in a caravan?") which are sharp reminders of Morgan's wry way with a line, although the slow numbers are more anonymous. The brooding 'Jungle Boy' has promise but is let down by the basic nature of the production; indeed the whole album has the air of a collection of demos rather than being the finished item. One, we suspect, for Lemonheads completists only.
About Douglas Baptie
After years in the trenches, Douglas was elevated to the position of Editor in 2011. Pretty much everything you need to know about him can be learned by a spin of The Damned's Black Album and a screening of Twin Peaks. With a fondness for punk and 60s girl groups (with occasional side salads of indie pop), if your records are longer than 2m 50s, you're probably wasting each other's time. For general editorial questions, drop him a line via the TMF contact email.