It’s been really endearing to watch projects evolve over the course of COVID, especially when it’s a post-social-distancing expansion of membership. One of those is Austin indie pop-rock outfit AZXO, the brainchild (and amalgamation of initials) of Chinese singer-songwriter Zhipeng Xing and L.A. multi-instrumentalist/producer Alex O’Masta. AZXO first got together at the start of the pandemic as a necessary vehicle for isolation-defying creative expression, and by the end of 2020 they’d released their eponymous debut as a duo. Since last summer AZXO’s unfolded into a five-person affair and begun to incorporate stylistic elements of EDM, blues, and punk into their arrangements, earning the quintet more and more fans with each new gig under their collective belt. As an LGBTQ+ group, AZXO’s latest live performance was last Wednesday’s edition of the Far Out & Proud showcase at Far Out Lounge. AZXO’s also been working on their sophomore full-length (their first together as a full group), tentatively set for release this September. Needless to say, we’re excited to hear how AZXO’s progressed over the past two years. And in the same way O’Masta and Xing started AZXO to keep their intellects stimulated, the band’s given us something extra dreamy to counter the upcoming restlessness that only comes with the dog days of summer, “Idle Mind”.