St. Petersburg’s Napoleon the Wilderness and Nicholas Roberts team up on indie-pop jam ‘Late Nights’

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click to enlarge (L-R) Napoleon the Wilderness, Nicholas Roberts and Third Vibes. - Photo by Nikhil Johns
Photo by Nikhil Johns
(L-R) Napoleon the Wilderness, Nicholas Roberts and Third Vibes.

There’s a convenience that comes with making music in the Dropbox era.

St. Petersburg’s Napoleon the Wilderness took advantage of that when it teamed up with Orlando songwriter Nicholas Roberts for a new, collaborative indie-pop single, “Late Nights,” which was recorded entirely remote for the first time in the artists’ relationship.

“We do a lot of songwriting in person together, but this was our first remote session,” Roberts told CL, adding that the bands got some help from Third Vibes productions in the Netherlands.

“Nikhil [Johns, Napoleon the Wilderness frontman] and I recorded vocals and sent them back and forth until the song was all wrapped up,” explained Roberts. A new lyric video was filmed as the pair stayed in a crazy New York City hostel. “This lyric video is a behind-the-scenes look at the trip.”

“Late Nights is about that period of time after a breakup when you’re going out a lot and trying to rediscover who you are as a single person,” Johns added. “That strange combination of loneliness and excitement of getting reacquainted with the nighttime inspired the song.”

Fans of Mat Kearney, Wild Cub and Vance Joy should check out the video below.


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Read his 2016 intro letter and disclosures from 2022 and 2021. Ray Roa started freelancing for Creative Loafing Tampa in January 2011 and was hired as music editor in August 2016. He became Editor-In-Chief in August 2019. Past work can be seen at Suburban Apologist, Tampa Bay Times, Consequence of Sound and The...
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