Maybe there’s a tendency for the songs to run together, but that’s mostly cohesiveness and consistent emotional investment. The Box Tiger haven’t made an album to relax poolside with, that’s for sure. Even the slower-paced tunes here have a forward lean to them.

By the late-album “See-Through Hole,” they’re just about done away with artifice. While it might be their version of playful, Cipparrone is as straightforward as you can get, pounding the snare on the quarter notes as Sturino purrs: “I can’t wait to be you.”

Truly, though, this doesn’t seem like a band with identity issues. Sturino knows where she’d like to go, and the rest would be fools not to follow.

Set Fire | Released by the Box Tiger | at Bayside Bowl, in Portland | Aug 10 | theboxtigermusic.com

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