Poor Jericho is the eighth studio solo album by Sinner Songwriter Jean Koning. It was released on 20 October 2021 by Out Of Office Records. It was produced by Jean Koning and recorded during the Covid-19 lockdown in a mobile studio in Zaandijk. The session musicians recorded their parts at home or while streaming on-line. Recording sessions were from May to September 2020.
Poor Jericho produced three singles – "Panem Et Circenses", "Dear Kitty", and "Under Milk Wood".
#JK performed three shows in February 2020, which consisted of half of the show he performed in order to promote his 2018 album LINGO: LIFE LEGEND LOST, and half of the upcoming "MINEO" album. Shortly after those Utrecht performances, the entertainment industry was forced to pause.
However, the first single FEBRUARY 12, became a smash FM-radio and College-Radio hit.
Koning believed music had become part of a constant background noise he described as "fridge buzz", and he became hostile to the music media. He said: "I always used to use music as a way of moving on and dealing with things, and I sort of felt like that the thing that helped me deal with things had been sold to the highest bidder and I was simply doing its bidding. And I couldn't handle that." Koning quarantined in his house in Zaanstad and spent his time walking the nearby fields and meadows, and reading, restricting his musical activity to playing the grand piano he moved from the studio to his house.
Inviting unemployed musicians—mainly percussionists—Koning experimented with the streams and recorded instruments to edit and manipulate the recordings. He found it difficult to use electronic instruments and techniques collaboratively on-line, during Zoom-meetings—which were often recording sessions; according to Koning, "I had to develop ways of going off into corners and build things on whatever sequencer, or piece of machinery I would bring to the equation and then integrate that into the way I would normally work."