Timelessness in the music of Fishmans

Main members of Fishmans left to right: Yuzuru Kashiwabara, Shinji Sato, Kin-ichi Motegi. Courtesy the band’s website.

I remember pedaling my mother’s bike machine as “BABY BLUE” by Fishmans — a Japanese dub band prominent in the 90's — popped up in my Spotify Discover Weekly playlist. The song was simple and long: six minutes of a repeated keyboard chord on every upbeat of the drums, supported by an occasional flute-like melody in the background and a bass-line that you wouldn’t notice unless you listened carefully. It sounded like any…