Napoleon IIIrd

Napoleon IIIrd

 Leeds, England, GBR

"Wonder from Leeds" (NME) Napoleon IIIrd is an endlessly inventive big-stage performer. Seen on tour with artists as diverse as Wild Beasts and Yo Majesty, his sound encompasses Beach Boy harmonies, warm electronica and psyche-pop textures reminiscent of Animal Collective & The Flaming Lips.


"A Wonder From Leeds" - NME
"One of the most visionary solo artists in the world today" - Drowned In Sound
"Sheer pop-hook majesty and killer choruses... pure inspiration" - Sunday Times ****
"An eccentric Yorkshireman who deserves to be considered the peer of fellow electro-melodicists Fuck Buttons and Animal Collective" - **** MOJO
"The melodies are generous, the emotions writ large, and the arrangements thrilling." - Word
"There's an appealing spirit of English eccentricity to James Mabbett's second album... it channels influences as far-flung as Brian Wilson, Balearic house and space rock." - The Observer
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Napoleon IIIrd ( is James Mabbett, an English musician of singular vision.

His debut album "In Debt To:" established Napoleon IIIrd in the UK's resurgent indie scene, coming as part of a wave of Leeds alumni that included The Cribs, The Research, Kaiser Chiefs and ¬°Forward, Russia!, and winning him the support on the sold out Wild Beasts "Two Dancers" tour.

The ambitious, much-anticipated follow up "Christiania" launched Napoleon IIIrd into the popular consciousness in 2010, with four and five star reviews from the NME, Sunday Times, Observer, Independent, Q, Clash, Stool Pigeon, The Fly and many others.

Since then, Napoleon IIIrd has become a fixture on the UK and European festival scene with a live backing band that can contain anything from two to ten members. He's taken the Christiania show to Iceland Airwaves, Club NME, Popkomm Live, Tanned Tin, Leeds Festival, Green Man, End Of The Road and Huw Stephens Presents. He has toured the UK widely, as well as Spain and Scandinavia, in recent years. He is currently writing his third album, to be released in 2012 on his UK label Brainlove Records.



* 2010 "Christiania" (Brainlove Records)
* 2007 "In Debt To" (Brainlove Records)

* 2009 "Hideki Yukawa" (Brainlove Records)
* 2005 "EP1" (Dance to the Radio)
* 2005 "EP2" (Brainlove Records)

* 2011 "The Unknown Unknown" (Brainlove Records)
* 2007 "Hit Schmooze For Me" (Brainlove Records)
* 2007 "This is my Call to Arms" (Brainlove Records)