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Quintessence (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 



Quintessence, also called Aether is the fifth element. Some believe it to have been the sound and vibration released by God during the creation of the Universe when the words “Let there be Light” were spoken. It is further believed that the phrase “In the beginning was the Word” from the Gospel of John also refers to the creation of Quintessence as the primary element. Aether (or space) created Air, followed by Fire, Water, and Earth. In this sense, Quintessence can be considered our Source and our way home to the Circle of Spirit. It permeates and animates all of Creation, like an invisible thread through which all of Life is connected.


High upon this hill,
Lives a king and daughter,
Can you hear their songs,
Echo across the water,
They sing of times long past,
When the world was quiet,
Simplicity and beauty,
Reigned over the realms,

There was time to savor,
There was time to spare,
There was understanding,
Among the people everywhere,

That God was our Creator,
But without Nature we’re no more,
Than seeds of promise and potential,
Floating rootless as before,
Through the vast and empty spaces,
Trapped in somewhere in between,
Conscious thought and dreaming,
Projecting and perceiving,
Reality’s a construct,
Agreed upon by all.
It’s time to reawaken and
Hear the Spirit call.

Deep inside this forest,
Lies a fairy kingdom,
Can you hear the bells,
Carried on the breeze,
They feel somewhat familiar,
Like memories from childhood,
A faint and distant calling,
Your senses are enthralled.

Your heart is filled with longing,
Grace permeates the air,
Now the chiming starts subsiding,
Until it’s barely even there.

Where it’s gone you can not follow,
You are forced to look within,
There you find a crystal chamber,
Now the journey can begin.
There’s a pyramid in Egypt,
You have travelled there before,
See it now in your mind’s eye,
And walk toward the door.
Enter with your body,
Enter with your soul,
The world has been divided,
Through you it is made whole.

- ( Swahili )
Kwanza kalikuwa na sauti.
(First there was sound)
Kwanza kalikuwa na nafasi.
(First there was space)
Nafasi ikazaa hewa,
(Space gave birth to air)
Hewa ikaaza moto,
(Air gave birth to fire)
Moto ilizaa maji,
(Fire gave birth to water)
Maji yakazaa dunia.
(Water gave birth to earth)


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:
Emiliana Torrini on lead vocals
Aukai (Markus Sieber) on ronroco
Markéta Irglová on vocals, piano, bodhrán
Una Sveinbjarnardóttir on violin
Helga Þóra Björgvinsdóttir on violin
Þórunn Ósk Marinósdóttir on viola
Sigurður Bjarki Gunnarsson on cello
Stefán Jón Bernharðsson on french horn
Asbjørn Ibsen Bruun on french horn
Frank Hammarin on french horn
Nimrod Ron on tuba
Einar Scheving on percussion
Tina Dickow on group vocals
Helgi Hrafn Jónsson on group vocals.
electric bass & moog
Páll Sólmundur Eydal on group vocals
Karl Friðrik Hjaltason on group 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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