Procrastination and the pleasure principle
Like plenty of people I can be a terrible procrastinator. But I hadn’t made a connection to the pleasure principle. This asserts that the pleasure principle may be responsible for procrastination; one may prefer to avoid negative emotions, and to delay stressful tasks. The belief that one works best under pressure provides an additional incentive to the postponement of tasks. Some psychologists cite such behaviour as a mechanism for coping with the anxiety associated with starting or completing any task or decision. That gives me a great excuse to delay cleaning the bathroom. I’ve also deferred reviewing Wascal’s Serial Procrastinator LP because that’s amusing (to me at least – childish, I know) and because album reviews are a bit of a time-consuming drag. And because it isn’t out until April The album ranges across a range of styles, from house to techno to breakbeat and juke. This makes an overall review tricky. Key tracks are SMPL (simple? sample? Some Pole?), which my son declared “styling music, ooh yeah“, the future breaks of Isit, the future funk of Technique and the darkness of Sparse. Perhaps ultimately too diverse for its own good, it’s not an album with which to get bored.