The project of singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Matthew Doty, Deserta finds the sweet spot between synth pop and shoegaze on 2020's Black Aura My Sun.
Doty began releasing music in the early 2000s with the post-rock outfit Saxon Shore, of which he was the lone constant member (initially, the lineup included Father John Misty's Josh Tillman). When the group disbanded after releasing five albums including 2009's It Doesn't Matter, Doty formed Midnight Faces, a project with vocalist Phil Stancil that married post-punk and synth pop. After the release of 2016's Heavenly Bodies, Midnight Faces called it a day and, for the first time in his career, Doty started working on music completely by himself. Inspired by his impending fatherhood — as well as the huge soundscapes of artists such as Slowdive, Sigur Rós, and M83 — in 2017 he began writing the songs that became Deserta's debut album. Black Aura My Sun appeared on Felte Records in January 2020.