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Every Friday, music critics from The New York Times share their insights on the most remarkable new tracks of the week. Listen to the Playlist on Spotify here or on Apple Music here. Don’t forget to subscribe to The Amplifier, a twice-weekly newsletter featuring new and classic songs.

Taylor Swift featuring Post Malone – ‘Fortnight’

“I love you, it’s ruining my life,” croon Taylor Swift and a subdued Post Malone in their latest collaboration, “Fortnight,” the opening track of Swift’s new double album, The Tortured Poets Department: The Anthology. Despite both being married neighbors, they find themselves tangled in an unforgettable yet regretful affair. With a measured march of music and haunting vocal harmonies, the song delves into their conflicted emotions and hidden desires.

Cigarettes After Sex – ‘Dark Vacay’

Cigarettes After Sex’s frontman Greg Gonzalez paints decadent and morbid scenes in their latest track, “Dark Vacay.” The song narrates drug-induced scenarios coupled with a sense of calm and self-satisfaction. Gonzalez invites listeners into a world of pills, fine wine, and haunting memories, creating a surreal and captivating atmosphere reminiscent of a David Lynch film.

Arooj Aftab – ‘Raat Ki Rani’

Arooj Aftab’s “Raat Ki Rani” offers a mesmerizing blend of traditional and contemporary sounds. The track showcases Aftab’s ethereal vocals against a backdrop of intricate instrumentation, creating a captivating listening experience. With poetic lyricism and emotive melodies, Aftab’s music transcends boundaries and immerses listeners in a world of sonic beauty.

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