Simon would leave San Francisco, moving home to St. Louis and beginning the Ambassadors, an outfit with similar pop designs. Remaining in California, Kanafani created a trio of his own: Fojimoto. On the ten songs of their debut disc, Just Now Finding Out, Kanafani and his newest cohorts -- bassist Ryan Waggoner and drummer Jon Fojtik -- share a passion for songwriting-driven pop, dusted with just a hint of twang. These are breezy, winsome tunes, reminiscent (for pop nerds, anyway) of the late Canadian group the Grapes of Wrath.
Given that the group didn't overdub the album into some kind of studio-mad concoction, it's safe to assume that Fojimoto can pull off these lean but evocative tracks live. With songs this lovely, the oft-raucous Frederick's might just become a listening room for the evening.