Background and Conception
On January 28th, 2020, Poppy announced that she would be publishing a graphic novel titled Damnation: Poppy's Inferno in July 2020. This announcement also revealed that the graphic novel would be bundled with an album titled Music to Scream To.
The release date underwent several delays. It was originally pushed back to August 4th, 2020 amidst concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic. After being pushed forward to its original release date, it was once again pushed back to September 8th, 2020. However, on September 2nd, 2020, Z2 Comics announced via e-mail that all editions of Damnation: Poppy's Inferno would release on October 20th, 2020 due to manufacturing delays.
On August 11th, 2020, Poppy stated in a podcast with the Boulet Brothers that Music to Scream To would be a noise album.
- The album follows a similar naming convention with Poppy's previous ambient albums 3:36 (Music to Sleep To) and I C U (Music to Read To), the latter being the soundtrack to her graphic novel Genesis 1.