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Among The Living (Vinyl Version)

from Where You Belong by Marketa Irglova

  • Record/Vinyl + Digital Album

    Last fall, we finally found time to prepare a vinyl release for the trilogy of long songs that got us through the Covid lockdown period and that started our little label Masterkey Sounds.
    It's been the dream since their creation to collect them together on a LP and we are so very happy it is finally ready to share with you.

    See a bit further below for all the song details - but here are the bullet points for all of us vinyl heads:
    - Gracefully mastered for vinyl by the legendary Scott Hull & skilfully cut by Garrett Robinson at Masterdisk
    - Beautifully manufactured by our incredibly talented friends at Vinyl De Paris.
    - Pressed on 180gr Ivory Opague Vinyl, with a 4 page insert with lyrics and art, and of course there are download cards included.
    - All safely tucked into a PVC outer sleeve with glue flap.

    Includes unlimited streaming of Where You Belong via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
    ships out within 5 days
    edition of 500 
    Purchasable with gift card

      $25 USD or more 



Death is an inevitable part of life. We are born and we die and life is what happens in between. But knowing this to be the only certainty of our existence does not make the loss of a loved one any easier. The widely known and recognized stages of grieving are Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression and Acceptance. I explore these stages here, though I think denial begins long before loss. We might know that none of us are here forever, but our way of being does not always reflect that. Perhaps that is the reason Regret is such a big part of the journey from Denial to Acceptance.
We need faith to overcome the challenges of such an arduous journey. And so, it is Faith that I invite you to explore with me.


All I could have, would have,
should have told you,
All I never even thought to ask you,
Plays on my mind like a broken record,
And I can not bring myself to speak.
All that there was left for you to teach me,
All you tried to make me understand,
Isn’t lost on me now that you have left me,
Proving nothing ever goes as planned.

Since you’ve been gone I’ve been frozen,
Unable to feel,
Your leaving stripped the world of meaning,
Tell me how do I go on,
When I see nothing but fog now,
All around me pillars of smoke rise,
Where our dreams burned to the ground,
There is no light to be found.
I’m swimming in a deep lake of memories,
I walk when I can’t sleep,
And all I do is think about you,
And wish that you were still here.

Tell me it’s all been a terrible dream.
The kind where you want to,
But can not scream.
Tell me I’ll wake up and all will be as before,
I’ll be back in our hometown, and
You will walk through the door.
I never knew I had so much to lose,
Until I lost you…

And I wonder if you can forgive me,
For all the times I have done you wrong,
I’d give anything just to embrace you,
Among the living, where you belong.

Somebody tell me how to make peace,
With circumstance begotten of mistakes,
How to accept that there can be
no second chances,
When your soul escapes for grief
and your heart breaks.
Breaks into a thousand little pieces,
Shatters like a cup that used to keep,

All your memories, your dreams and
your desires, and
Now all you want to do is go to sleep, and
Sleep until the living nightmare is over,
Sleep until the pain of it is no more.
Until the thought of facing the world
doesn’t petrify you,
And you can pick yourself up off the floor.

Mother Mary, won’t you keep me steady,
For my mind is weary and heavy is my heart.
I’m still not sure if I can even do this,
Could you bring me right back to the start?
There is so much about the past
that I’d like to change,
To take all of the pieces apart, to re-arrange,
The complex puzzle that is life,
Ever-changing with each choice one makes.
I was young, I was foolish, I was restless,
I made many mistakes.

Azrael, take good care of my baby,
Raphael, help ease the pain,
Gabriel, will you give my message to him?
Chamuel, let us know peace.
Jophiel, please illuminate this dark
and lonely time,
Zadkiel, let compassion grace each step
of this steep and rocky climb,
Jeremiel, mercy of God, will you be his guide?
Help my brother journey over to the other side?

Out of my reach and into your arms,
Profoundly calm and peaceful a place.
Life on earth can be so hard,
They are better off there in some ways.
And though I grieve now, though I cry,
This is not our last goodbye,
We will meet again I am sure.
Another time, another life,
Brother, sister, mother, wife
For love does even death endure.

May the love between us
allow me to find you,
When we are reborn in another form.
I shall live the days,
I have left on this earth in honor of you.

May God bless and keep you.


from Where You Belong, released March 27, 2024
Music and Lyrics by Markéta Irglová

Produced by Sturla Mio Thorisson
Arrangements by Markéta Irglová

Performed by:
Markéta Irglová, Siggi String Quartet
and Aida Shahghasemi

Piano, Organ, and Vocals by Markéta Irglová
With Una Sveinbjarnadóttir on violin,
Helga Þóra Björgvinsdóttir on violin,
Þórunn Ósk Marinósdóttir on viola,
Sigurður Bjarki Gunnarsson on cello, and
Aida Shahghasemi on Vocals.


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Marketa Irglova Reykjavik, Iceland

Markéta received The Academy Award for best song, Falling Slowly, Irglová released her solo debut, Anar, in 2011, followed by Muna in 2014. Today she creates her music at Masterkey Studios, built by her husband, producer Sturla Mio Thorisson. Recent releases include a trilogy of singles titled Quintessence, Among the Living, and Mother. Full length album “Lila” will be out on August 19, 2022.
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