Wayward Fire is the work of Kamtin Mohager, a San Jose, CA native who bounced around from Hawaii to Denver, and now resides in Los Angeles. His songs are evocative of 80's synth dance music, but also bear signs of more forceful electronic dance tunes. It's not understated in any way, even the ballad "Teenagers" has rousing keyboard flourishes and anthemic drums. Mohager's singing reminds me a little of Trent Reznor from Nine Inch Nails, without the overt aggressiveness of Reznor's vocals. Extra props for the Fleetwood Mac sample on the album opener "Stop", a song about cultural vices with a Beck guitar line that doesn't particularly gel with the rest of the record's vibe. The record's centerpiece, the 8 minute "Hold On", wouldn't seem out of place on a Cut Copy record. Lots of over the top hand clapping drum tracks and arena-style melodies prove that subtlety is not his strong suit, but he may get you to shake your ass a little.
Buy this record if your car's stuck in a snowdrift and you have to ration the M&Ms.