You may recognize sometime Scene contributor Jordan Caress as the bassist — a righteous one at that — and harmony vocalist in Tristen’s band, and her brother Alex as the keyboardist in Brian Ritchey’s. Each is an asset to any combo they sit in with, but together on their eponymous debut Korean Is Asian — on which Ritchey and Jordan Caress split lead vocal duties — they conjure something like Neil Young circa “Heart of Gold” and Christine McVie circa “Songbird” teaming up to pour their guts out over 35 heartrending minutes: Tracks like “Only Way to Write Home” are resplendent with elegant melancholy. But while their music is probably a better fit for, say, a windswept scene in a sad movie than the midway of a carnival, K.I.A. aren’t a morose band, and they’ve got the musical polish to match the passion. Cortney Tidwell and New York’s The Lisps help celebrate the album’s formal, albeit strictly digital, release, which was nearly three years in the making.