The Murder of Crows is the new duo of Gaelynn Lea and Alan Sparhawk, which formed when they created a live soundtrack to the 1920 silent film The Penalty in October. Neither are strangers to the local music scene. Lea is formerly of the duo Gabel and Gaelynn (which featured Andy Gabel) and also plays in another new duo, Snöbarn (with Ariane Norrgard). Sparhawk is known for three popular bands — Low, Retribution Gospel Choir and the Black-eyed Snakes. Their violin/guitar duo plays long, winding, hypnotic instrumentals that seek to create a kind of mental journey they refer to as “ideal bird-watching music.” A few vocal songs are thrown in for good measure.