REVIEW: Jordan Riley Illustrates What it’s Like to Fall in Love With Someone Who’s “Picture Perfect” With His Latest Single

His music is best homed amongst the likes of Jordan Davis, Tyler Dial and Dylan Scott. A clear indication that his music is best appreciated by country fans who embrace the artistry that comes with pushing the limits of a genre, and combining two distinct genres into one.

This past Spring, Canadian country artist Jordan Riley released his latest single, Picture Perfect. Written by award-winning James Barker Band & Jojo Mason, the song illustrates the age-old story of falling in love– This time through a fun & inviting pop-country lens.

Official cover art for Jordan Riley's latest single, "Picture Perfect". PC: Jordan Riley & Cheyenne Riley Photography.

Within the song, we hear echoes of Jordan’s previous releases, “Somebody’s Gonna” & “Made Me”. Somebody’s Gonna is more produced, with closer ties to the pop genre. Thematically the song tells a similar story to that of Picture Perfect. You have a heartbroken protagonist that caves into peer pressure from friends and goes out to the bar to get over their ex. There, he meets the woman that makes him realize why his last relationship didn’t work out. In Picture Perfect, the protagonist has found the one for them and recounts his vision of their future life together. With punchy, timbre vocals, Jordan sets the scene for a tropical summer getaway at the very beginning of the song. The scene leads straight into the pre-chorus and chorus, which explain that his love interest is so “picture perfect” that she takes his breath away in every setting. In the second verse, Jordan sings of a country-esque, small-town life. Driving home the point that a simple life and love are all you truly need to be happy.

Sonically, Picture Perfect boasts an intricate blend of acoustic & electric guitar, cast over a base drumline. Backing instrumentals feature a synthesizer, pulling in the pop element to an otherwise country track. In addition, there’s strong evidence of Nashville’s influence on Jordan’s artistry, both instrumentally and vocally.

Picture Perfect also comes shortly after the artist’s own fairytale wedding, adding a new layer of heartfelt sentimentality to the song.

Be sure to follow Jordan on socials in order to keep an eye out for what’s to come.

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Works Cited

Cheyenne Riley Photography. “Featured: Canadian country artist Jordan Riley”. Photo courtesy of Jordan Riley. Accessed Apr 2023.

Cheyenne Riley Photography. Riley, Jordan.“Official cover art for Jordan Riley’s latest single, “Picture Perfect”. PC: Jordan Riley & Cheyenne Riley Photography.”. Photo courtesy of Jordan Riley. Accessed Apr 2023.

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