New Musical Collaboration from Wu Tang Clan's RZA & Interpol's Paul Banks!
Anything But Words brings together two powerful men who have been friends for years and fans of each other for even longer. The album is a hybrid of their styles that feels like a natural blend of both of them. "It's a great balance of who we are," RZA says. "It's pop but it's not too pop. It's hip-hop but it's not hip-hop all the way. It's alternative, but it's not alternative totally. It's actually a melding of the right amount of each. Something about it feels modern and space age and something about it feels 80s to me. To me it forms its own genre."
RZA and Paul Banks first began working on music together in 2013. "When I met Paul, I recognized the New York energy he has as a music artist," RZA explains. "We got to know each other playing chess and vibing out in the studio. Our talents connected in a unique way and we started writing songs. The outcome was something distinctively different from my previous work, yet with another layer of cool."
RZA adds, "There's songs on this record that when Mr. Branson sends his shuttle into space, this is the soundtrack." Of course, this being RZA, he has to bring it back to Asia. "I feel like me and Paul are those two guys in John Woo's The Killer, Chow Yun Fat and Danny Lee. We don't know who's the cop and who's the criminal but we know both of you guys exist in their own world and they came together to take care of a new world. That's how I feel we are."
Featuring guest appearances by Florence Welch of Florence + The Machine, Kool Keith, and Wu Tan Clan's Ghostface Killah, Method Man, and Masta Killa.